Vaccines and Security in the COVID-19 Era

January 28, 2021

The wait for a coronavirus vaccine is over, and as much of the nation anxiously awaits the opportunity to get the vaccine, healthcare facilities are continuing to ramp up efforts to safely receive, secure and administer the vaccines during the first phase of the rollout.

While the ever-evolving task of executing a vaccine rollout has required cooperation and dedication from nearly all hospital employees, security departments have played an integral role in ensuring it runs as smoothly as possible with minimal threats, according to Campus Safety.

As with any public health crisis, natural disaster or other emergency, it is essential that hospitals constantly review security plans already in place to ensure the continued safety of patients, employees and assets. ASIS, a professional organization for security professionals, recommends facilities review their processes for coordinating with local law enforcement partners and other healthcare facilities to “stay abreast of any potential risks, such as civil disturbances, protests or other security issues” that might arise during the rollout.

If this pandemic has taught hospital security anything, it is the importance of preparing for the unexpected and collaborating, and these types of relationships should continue long after the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

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