Let’s be real. The working class has been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, some are fortunate enough to be able to continue working from the relative safety of their home or protected office buildings, but many have lost their jobs because of the economic ramifications of this deadly virus while "essential workers" have been asked to continue on with their jobs while living with more risk, restrictions, rules, etc. The stress the working class has had to endure cannot be overstated. This country has continued to function because of you. YOU are the heroes in this story.
As we all know, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is ongoing throughout the country. While each state is in a different phase of distribution, we are certainly getting closer to many of us being eligible to receive a vaccine. The maritime industry is awaiting guidance from the federal government regarding possible requirements, distribution and eligibility for maritime workers.
In the meantime, Local 25 is encouraging our members to strongly consider getting the vaccine when they are allowed based on their geographical location, age and other eligibility requirements. Our best tool for continuing to work and provide for our families is to take all preventative measures we can, including vaccination. In making a decision on whether to vaccinate, please consider the health of yourself, your family and your coworkers. Being vaccinated also gives employers the ability to possibly reduce or even eliminate the need for you to quarantine if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Simply put, being vaccinated will allow you to start heading to normalcy again and our jobsites will be able to follow that lead as more of us get vaccinated.
We know there is a lot of information and misinformation out there about COVID-19 and its vaccines. Please be diligent about where your information is coming from. We hope that as the vaccination rates continue to increase, we will be able to get closer to normalcy at home and at work.