The AFL-CIO is urging union members to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and show their health-conscious union pride with a sticker announcing their vaccination status.
“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective,” the AFL-CIO said in a statement. “Clinical trials show that the vaccines are safe and help protect people from COVID-19. If we all get vaccinated and continue wearing masks and social distancing, we can slow the spread. Together, we can end this pandemic.
“Working people also need strong health and safety protections in the workplace to prevent exposure to COVID-19. The workplace is a high-risk setting because we’re breathing the same air for long periods of time. That’s why vaccines for workers are even more important.
“Getting vaccinated is the safest way to build protection for you, your loved ones and your entire community,” the AFL-CIO said.
IMPORTANT TOOL TO SLOW THE SPREAD
In late May, America hit a milestone: More than half of the country’s population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The state of Illinois, which has 70 percent of its population vaccinated, has seen a steady decrease in COVID-19 infections.
However, the state of Missouri, where only about 36.7 percent of the population has been vaccinated, is experiencing a rise in people contracting the Delta variant of the virus, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Delta variant was first detected in India. Last week, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced the Delta variant has been reclassified as a “variant of concern” in the United States.
GET VACCINATED, GET A STICKER
“We have lost too many co-workers, friends and family members from COVID-19. We must do everything we can to get as many vaccines into the arms of Americans as possible,” the AFL-CIO says. “Before we rush back into enjoying all of the things we used to do before the pandemic — the sporting events, the nights out, the dinners at our favorite restaurants — let’s keep building vaccine confidence to make sure we never have to endure a year like 2020 again.”
Once you’ve been vaccinated, add your name at actionnetwork.org/forms/itsourshot saying you got vaccinated and get your union-made sticker to show you’re a proud union member who is doing your part to end this pandemic.
Things to know about getting vaccinated
Getting vaccinated is an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and put an end to the pandemic.
Some important things to know about getting vaccinated:
• Getting vaccinated helps keep you from getting sick or seriously ill even if you get COVID-19.
• Getting vaccinated protects your family, friends and co-workers, particularly the most vulnerable people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
• Getting vaccinated is the safest way to build protection for you, your loved ones and your entire community.
• Getting vaccinated produces immunity in your body against the virus.
• COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The results from clinical trials have shown this to be true. Vaccine use would not be authorized if they weren’t deemed safe.
• Getting vaccinated does not cause you to get sick with COVID-19. After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection.
• Getting vaccinated is an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and put an end to the pandemic. Continue to wear a mask when you’re inside public places, stay six feet apart from people who don’t live with you and who may not be vaccinated, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.
• Vaccines are effective and important, and are another layer of protection that also includes strong health and safety protections in the workplace that prevent you from being exposed to COVID-19. Workplaces are high-risk settings for COVID-19 exposures because many people breathe in the same air for long periods of time and do not know if others are infected with COVID-19.
• Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is how we make sure we put an end to the pandemic.