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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ingalls Shipbuilding will update this page as needed for communicating information regarding COVID-19.

LATEST UPDATE

Ingalls now administering COVID boosters

December 2, 2021

As we head into the holidays and winter season and new COVID variants are emerging, Ingalls will now offer COVID vaccine booster shots to employees. If 6 months have passed since your last COVID vaccine dose, you are eligible for a booster. The boosters will be available at the onsite vaccine events already scheduled, so no appointment is necessary. Please bring your COVID vaccination card.

Upcoming vaccine events at the old HR building:

Dec. 2; 1-4pm

Dec. 9; 1-4pm

Dec. 16; 1-4pm


Updated Vaccine & Testing Schedules

November 30, 2021


A Message from Kari Wilkinson on the Vaccine Mandate

November 19, 2021

Fellow Shipbuilders,

Over the past few months, we have worked in good faith to become compliant with the federal vaccine mandate. And with safety as our primary objective, we will continue to encourage 100% vaccination for our shipyard. We have seen that as our vaccination rate has increased, we have had the benefit of a significant reduction in the number of COVID cases within our shipbuilding community. While the suspension of the mandate provides immediate relief now by not requiring separation of employment for the unvaccinated, it does not mean it will not be imposed in the future. We will continue to manage our programs, and if the mandate becomes a contractual requirement, we will be required to respond accordingly. To find answers to immediate questions, please visit the accompanying FAQs.

We have come through remarkable times and have accomplished extraordinary things together in the face of unforeseen challenges. We have another opportunity in front of us to continue the momentum we have built in 2021 into the coming year by focusing on the unique and significant role we play in national security. Thank you for the work that you continue to do every day.

Respectfully,

Kari Wilkinson

President, Ingalls Shipbuilding

Click here to download the fourth edition FAQs

This Fourth Edition of FAQs replaces all previous communications regarding the Vaccine Mandate.


Message from Mike Petters: Federal Vaccine Policy Update

November 15, 2021

Dear HII employees:

As you are aware, implementation of the federal government’s vaccine mandate has been a complex undertaking. Thank you for your patience in recent weeks as the situation has evolved. During this period, we have sought clarification from our customers about how our many contracts would need be modified and re-priced to reflect this new requirement.

We also proceeded in good faith during this time to require vaccination of our workforce, to protect their health and safety and in so doing also protect our ability to serve our national security customers without disruption. We have not wanted to lose a single employee to the virus, or to the effect of the mandate.

Importantly, with respect to Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding, our customer has confirmed that our contracts do not include a requirement to implement the mandate. Technical Solutions employees are in a different situation and face varied requirements depending on the particular contract.

In light of this development, we are hereby suspending the deadline for vaccination, except where specific Technical Solutions contracts require it. However, please note three important points:

  • We are monitoring the fluid situation closely with our shipyard customers, and if the mandate becomes a contractual requirement, we will proceed accordingly.
  • We continue to strongly urge vaccination of all employees for the reasons described above.
  • HII may choose to implement other measures aimed at improving our workforce vaccination rate.

Thank you as always for your hard work and dedication to our customers and their critical missions.

Respectfully,

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Mike Petters

President and CEO

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Message from Ingalls President Kari Wilkinson: Update on Vaccination Mandate

November 11, 2021

Dear Shipbuilders,

As a team we have been making the best decisions possible based on a fluid situation and direction from the federal government. Central to those decisions have been the safety of people and our mission. At over 80% fully and partially vaccinated, we have achieved a significant milestone both in keeping our community safe and ensuring that we continue focusing on our mission.

With the recent update, we know that the deadline for federal contractors has been extended from December 8 to January 4. We still believe the best outcome is for us to be fully vaccinated and we remain committed to keeping our community safe. For those who are vaccinated, thank you. New hires will continue to be vaccinated as well. For those already on the team who are not yet vaccinated, we are working across the enterprise to determine the steps that will be necessary to keep everyone safe.

We will continue to work through this together. Our customers and country are depending on it.

Respectfully,

Kari Wilkinson
President, Ingalls Shipbuilding


Ingalls’ workforce is now 77% fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19

November 2, 2021

Ingalls’ workforce is now 77% fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19, thanks to your commitment to safety.

As vaccine mandate deadlines approach, here are some key dates to consider before November 24. If you plan to receive the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine, November 3 is the last day you could receive the first shot to meet the deadline. Pfizer vaccines are available weekdays onsite at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Pending offsite availability, the Johnson and Johnson single shot must be taken no later than November 24. Remember, it takes 14 days from final shot to be considered fully vaccinated. Your completed vaccination cards must be received by November 24th. You can send a picture of the front and back by TEXT to 228-355-1472 or E-MAIL [email protected].

As we near our goal of 100%, we want to thank you for your efforts to ensure a safe environment for you and your fellow shipbuilders.


 

Benefits FAQs for Vaccine Mandate

October 26, 2021

Vaccine Mandate – FAQs regarding benefits

  1. What happens to my medical benefits if I am separated from employment due to not being fully vaccinated by December 8th? If you are represented, your active coverage will continue to the end of the month.  If you are non-represented, your active coverage will end the day of separation from the company.  For non-represented employees who separate prior to December 8th as a retirement, coverage will continue to the end of the month.  Employees and dependents covered by the medical plan will be eligible for COBRA continuation.
  2. What happens to my Huntington Ingalls Savings Plan (HISP) if I am separated from employment due to not being fully vaccinated by December 8thParticipants in the HISP will be eligible to request a distribution of the vested portion of the savings plan.  If the account balance exceeds $1,000, you may choose to 1) Leave your vested balance in the HISP until you reach the required minimum distribution age; 2) Receive payment of the entire vested account balance; 3) Receive payment of a portion of your account balance; or 4) Roll over your account balance, directly or indirectly to an IRA or another employer’s qualified retirement plan.  Contact the Huntington Ingalls Benefits Center (HIBC) at 877-216-3222 or go online to UPoint to request a distribution.
  3. What happens to my Financial Security and Savings Program (FSSP) if I am separated from employment due to not being fully vaccinated by December 8th?  If your vested account balance (Retirement and Savings Accounts combined) is greater than $1,000, the FSSP allows you to make independent deferral and/or distribution elections for your Retirement Account and Savings Account. You can elect to 1) Leave your vested FSSP Retirement Account and/or Savings Account balance, until the commencement of your minimum required distributions; 2) Receive a single lump-sum distribution equal to your Retirement Account and/or Savings Account balance; 3) Roll over your total Retirement Account balance and/or your vested Savings Account balance directly to another qualified retirement plan or IRA; or 4) Only at the time you retire, elect a tax-deferred rollover of your Retirement Account balance to the pension trust.  Contact the HIBC at 877-216-3222 or go online to UPoint to request a distribution.
  4. Do I lose my pension if I am separated from employment due to not being fully vaccinated by December 8th?  Both the FSSP and the Cash Balance Pension Plan have a 3 year vesting schedule. Vesting means you have earned a non-forfeitable right to your benefit.  Once you become vested, you are always vested.
  5. What do I do if I want to retire in January and do not plan to get vaccinated? Contact the HIBC at 877-216-3222.  It is recommended that you make a request for a retirement package as early as possible but no later than November 1st if you plan to commence your retirement in January and notify your supervision of your intent to retire.  To commence your retirement in January, you must clear out/separate by December 7th if you do not plan to become vaccinated.
  6. What is the minimum notification period to request retirement?  Retirement commencement dates are always on the 1st of the month and you can choose a date at least 2 months and up to 180 days from the date of the call to the HIBC.   Example:

Employee calls 10/25:————earliest retirement date is 1/1/22

Employee calls 11/1:————–earliest retirement date is 1/1/22

Employee calls 11/2: ————-earliest retirement date is 2/1/22

Employee calls 12/1: ————-earliest retirement date is 2/1/22

Employee calls 12/8: ————-earliest retirement date is 3/1/22

If you have additional benefits questions, contact the Huntington Ingalls Benefits Center (HIBC) by calling 877-216-3222 or visiting https://hiibenefits.com.

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2 Shots 1 Coast Giveaway

October 22, 2021

Download this flyer with information on the 2 Shots 1 Coast drawings for cash prizes. For information on how to enter, visit www.2shots1coast.com from a personal device.*

*this link is not accessible on company devices


Important Information for Vaccine Mandate

October 21, 2021

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When is the deadline to be vaccinated?

The federally-mandated deadline to be fully vaccinated is December 8, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as having two weeks pass since your final dose. The chart below helps define important dates for the three vaccines currently available. The deadline to submit your vaccination card is November 24, 11:59 p.m.

What are the consequences of not getting fully vaccinated by the deadline?

All employees who did not obtain an exemption and accommodation, and who want to continue their employment, must be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021.

Will I be paid for my time while getting vaccinated?

Yes (for all onsite vaccination events.) Charging instructions will be provided. A hospital pass will be provided for represented employees.

Where can I get vaccinated offsite?

Ingalls has prepared a list of vaccination sites across south Mississippi and west Mobile. Visit Community Vaccination Sites for more information.

How do I submit proof of vaccination?

Submit your vaccination card by November 24th using one of the methods below. Send a picture of the front and back of your card along with your name and badge number:

TEXT to 228-355-1472 or E-MAIL [email protected]

Phone number and email are within Ingalls secure network. Only authorized personnel with a need to know will have access to your vaccination record.

How can I verify that the company has received and acknowledged proof of my vaccination?

To verify your proof of vaccination was received, call the HII Employee Information Line at (877) 871-2058. Select option 2 for Ingalls Shipbuilding, then option 1.

For more information download the IngallsConnect app via the Apple Store or Google Play:

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Steps for Submitting Proof of Vaccine by November 24 Deadline

October 19, 2021


For more information download the IngallsConnect app via the Apple Store or Google Play:


COVID-19 Vaccine Card Verification Guide

October 12, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINE CARD VERIFICATION GUIDE


IngallsConnect News – Vaccine Mandate Resources

October 11, 2021

Click link below to download a PDF of this issue of IngallsConnect News:

INGALLSCONNECT NEWS – VACCINE MANDATE RESOURCES


Vaccine Mandate Frequently Asked Questions – 2nd edition

October 8, 2021

Please click the file below to access a PDF of the 2nd edition of Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine mandate.

VACCINE MANDATE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – 2ND EDITION

Please scroll down for the 1st set of Frequently Asked Questions.


Key Vaccine Mandate Calendar Dates

October 5, 2021

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KEY VACCINE MANDATE CALENDAR DATES


Vaccine Mandate Frequently Asked Questions

October 1, 2021

Please click the file below to access a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine mandate:

VACCINE MANDATE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Vaccine Mandate Reasonable Accommodation Medical Form

October 1, 2021

Please click the file below to access a PDF of the Ingalls Vaccine Mandate Reasonable Medical Accommodation Form:

INGALLS REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION MEDICAL FORM *no longer available after 10/20/2021


Ingalls Information Phone Line

For Information on Shipyard Operations:
Call 1-877-871-2058

Coronavirus Questions

Have a specific question or concern?

Call 228-935-1922

Email [email protected]

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Up-to-date information is posted on IngallsConnect App and texts are sent to users opted in to Ingalls Connect Text. To receive texts, text 123-Ingalls to 38671

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Singing River Health System Walk-in Vaccination Center

October 1, 2021


Vaccine Availability in the Community

October 1, 2021

Community Vaccination Sites Pascagoula

  • CVS Pharmacy, #05850 3657 Market St
  • Walgreens #5653 3800 Market St
  • Pascagoula Urgent Care 2210 Denny Ave
  • Gulf Coast Sav Rex 1965 Market St
  • Walmart #10-1066 4253 Denny Ave
  • Singing River Healthplex, 3101 Denny , Monday – Friday 8AM-5PM

Gautier

  • Walgreens #10360 2601 Us-90

Ocean Springs

  • Walmart #10-1346 3911 Bienville Blvd
  • Walgreens #18039 3082 Bienville Blvd
  • Ocean Springs Urgent Care 1514 Bienville Blvd
  • Polk’s Drugs #9, 6008 Washington Ave.
  • Love’s Pharmacy, 6390 Washington Ave.

Hurley

  • CVS Pharmacy, #01119 7021 Ms-614

Moss Point

  • Coastal Family Health Center, 4770 Amoco Drive

Mobile

  • Winn-Dixie #591 9948 Airport Blvd
  • Walgreens #19191 9948 Airport Blvd
  • CVS Pharmacy, #04818, 4881 Schillinger Rd
  • Walgreens #18994, 2420 Dawes Rd
  • Walgreens #6085, 5530 Three Notch Rd
  • Walgreens #5176, 2490 Schillinger Rd S
  • CVS Pharmacy, #08362, 7101 Cottage Hill Rd
  • Publix Super Markets #1436, 2370 Hillcrest Rd Unit J
  • CVS Pharmacy, Inc. #04877, 2280 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave
  • Walgreens Co. #15480, 1731 Spring Hill Ave
  • CVS Pharmacy, Inc. #02675, 900 Government St
  • Downtown Health Center (Keeler), 251. N Bayou St.

Grand Bay

  • CVS Pharmacy, #04782, 10115 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd S
  • Walgreens #10168, 12550 Us-90
  • NEW GRAND BAY PHARMACY, 12475 Us-90

Bayou La Batre

  • CVS Pharmacy, #06017, 12900 Wintzell Ave

Biloxi

  • Lee Pharmacy 917 Division St Suite B
  • Cedar Lake Pharmacy 921 Cedar Lake Rd Suite F
  • Walmart #10-4586 1824 Popp’s Ferry Rd
  • Walmart #10-6849 2050 Pass Rd
  • Walgreens #4172 2405 Pass Rd
  • WOOLMARKET PHARMACY #MS1001333 13034 Shriners Blvd Ste A
  • Walmart #10-1088 2681 Ct Switzer Sr Dr
  • Merit Health Biloxi, 150 Reynoir , 228-436-1681
  • Biloxi VA Medical Center, 400 Veterans Avenue, Building 25 (available for military beneficiaries)

D’Iberville

  • Walmart #10-6166 10290 D’Urberville Blvd
  • D’ Iberville Urgent Care 10319 D’Iberville Blvd
  • CVS Pharmacy, #00047 12024 Lamey Bridge Rd
  • Walgreens #10909 12007 Lamey Bridge Rd
  • Winn-Dixie #1513 10511 D’Iberville Blvd
  • Walmart #10-2715 3615 Sangani Blvd
  • CVS Pharmacy, #17532 3867 Promenade Pkwy

Gulfport

  • Walmart #10-6165 1733 E Pass Rd
  • CVS Pharmacy, #05933 1422 E Pass Rd
  • Harrison County Health Department, 1102 45th Ave
  • Singing River Mobile Care Clinic, 15200 Community Road
  • Singing River Medical Clinic APPOINTMENT ONLY, 350 Cowan Road
  • Family Medicine Orange Grove, Acadian Plaza, Suite 11, 12261 Highway 49N Monday – Friday 8 m. – noon ; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Bridgewater Family Medicine, 8950 Lorraine Road, Suite B, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 11:45 m. and 12:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Magnolia Grove Healthcare Walk-In Clinic 4333 15th Street, Suite B, Monday – Friday 8 m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Coastal Family Health Center, 15024 Martin Luther King Blvd

Message from Kari Wilkinson: Vaccine Mandate Guidance

September 30, 2021

Shipbuilders:

Recently, we heard from our CEO Mike Petters and COO Chris Kastner on the federal vaccination mandate. All Huntington Ingalls Industries employees, and therefore all Ingalls Shipbuilding employees, contractors and customers, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.

The federal mandate applies to us and to every other shipyard doing work for the Navy and Coast Guard. In order to continue this work and to get new work, we must follow all federal regulations as we do with all other contract requirements. Because of this, being fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021 will be a condition of continued employment. Without contracts, we have no work and we have no jobs. Our customers and our country are depending on us to do this.

As we work through the mandate, there are several key points that are helpful to understand:

  • Pfizer vaccinations will be available every weekday until we are all fully vaccinated. In addition to company events, there are also locations within our communities to be vaccinated offsite. Documentation will need to be submitted if vaccinated offsite.
  • Each of us will need to submit a paper or digital copy of our vaccination card if we have not already done so. This is not required if already sent for #vaxtorelax or if a vaccination was received onsite.
  • Documentation of prior COVID-19 infection or the presence of COVID-19 antibodies do not satisfy the requirements of the mandate.
  • This vaccination mandate applies to all of us, including those who work remotely.
  • As of today, all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated.
  • The mandate does not provide for a testing option in lieu of a vaccine.
  • Accommodations for medical and religious exemptions may be requested, and will be subject to specific requirements for approval. If the legal requirements are not met, or cannot be accommodated, notification will be given accordingly.

In the upcoming days, a detailed plan addressing potential questions and concerns will be provided. I respect that this is a sensitive issue, and it is my sincerest hope that we will pull together as a team and move forward. It is also my hope that together we can overcome the perception that this is the wrong outcome for some of our team and move to this being the best outcome for our entire team. The vaccine is required to continue our mission-critical work and the intent is to provide every opportunity to enable us to do so.

Kari Wilkinson

President, Ingalls Shipbuilding

Constructores Navales:

Recientemente, escuchamos a nuestro director ejecutivo Mike Petters y al director de operaciones Chris Kastner sobre el mandato federal de vacunación. Todos los empleados de Huntington Ingalls Industries y, por lo tanto, todos los empleados, contratistas y clientes de Ingalls Shipbuilding deben estar completamente vacunados contra COVID-19 antes del 8 de Diciembre de 2021.

El mandato federal se aplica a nosotros y a todos los demás astilleros que realizan trabajos para la Marina y la Guardia Costera. Para continuar este trabajo y obtener trabajo, debemos seguir todas las regulaciones federales como lo hacemos con todos los demás requisitos del contrato. Debido a esto, estar completamente vacunado antes del 8 de Diciembre de 2021 será una condición para continuar con el empleo. Sin contratos, no tenemos empleo ni trabajo. Nuestros clientes y nuestro país dependen de nosotros para hacer esto.

A medida que trabajamos en el mandato, hay varios puntos clave que nos será útil comprender:

  • Las vacunas de Pfizer estarán disponibles todos los días de la semana hasta que todos estemos completamente vacunados. Además de los eventos de la empresa, también hay lugares dentro de nuestras comunidades para vacunarse. Será necesario enviar documentación si se vacunó fuera de la facilidades de Ingalls.
  • Cada uno de nosotros deberá enviar una copia en papel o digital de nuestra tarjeta de vacunación si aún no lo hemos hecho. Esto no es necesario si ya se envió para #vaxtorelax o si se recibió una vacuna en las facilidades.
  • La documentación de una infección previa por COVID-19 o la presencia de anticuerpos COVID-19 no satisfacen los requisitos del mandato.
  • Este mandato de vacunación se aplica a todos nosotros, incluidos aquellos que trabajan de forma remota.
  • A partir de hoy, todos los nuevos empleados deberán estar completamente vacunados.
  • El mandato no prevé una opción de prueba en lugar de una vacuna.
  • Se pueden solicitar adaptaciones para exenciones médicas y religiosas, y estarán sujetas a requisitos específicos para su aprobación. Si no se cumplen los requisitos legales o no se pueden cumplir, se notificará respectivamente.

En los próximos días, se proporcionará un plan detallado que abordará posibles preguntas e inquietudes. Respeto que este es un tema delicado, y tengo la más sincera esperanza de que podamos unirnos como equipo y seguir adelante. También tengo la esperanza de que juntos podamos superar la percepción de que este es un resultado incorrecto para algunos miembros de nuestro equipo y pasar a que este sea el mejor resultado para todo nuestro equipo. La vacuna es necesaria para continuar con nuestro trabajo de misión crítica y la intención es brindar todas las oportunidades que nos permitan hacerlo.

Kari Wilkinson

Presidente, Ingalls Shipbuilding


Message from Chris Kastner: Vaccine Compliance

September 29, 2021

Dear HII Team:

As you read in Mike Petters’ message to all HII employees last week, our federal customer has announced that it will be a requirement of our contracts for all employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. We recognize that this is a significant new requirement of each of us as individuals, and of all of us as one team.

Our guiding priorities at HII in responding to this requirement are two-fold: we are committed 1) to promoting and protecting the health and safety of our employees, their families and their communities, and 2) to continuing to serve our customers and the vital national security interests of our country without disruption, as an essential contributor to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

As a result, we must get started right away to ensure we are compliant by December 8, 2021 in requiring vaccination of all HII employees and contractors. While we are discussing the effects of this mandate with our union partners, it will be a condition of continued employment for our workforce to be fully vaccinated by the above date.

We are communicating this to you as clearly and as quickly as possible so that you can take the necessary steps to meet the deadline. Some important reminders as you plan:

  • Being “fully vaccinated” means two weeks have passed since your last vaccine dose;
  • When you sign up to be vaccinated, you will not know whether you will receive the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine;
  • The two-shot vaccines require up to four weeks between doses;
  • Given these time requirements, all employees and contractors must schedule to have their first shot by October 27 or they risk missing the deadline.

Our country counts on the work we do at HII to support and protect our men and women in uniform, and our national security.

Our families and communities count on us to do this safely, so we are proceeding in a timely and efficient way to meet this new requirement and not disrupt our mission-critical work. Our ability to continue to serve the nation’s interests depends on our full team’s compliance.

Please stand by for additional information from your division leaders about the specific division plans to enable you to meet this requirement of employment.

Respectfully,

Chris Kastner

HII Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Message from Mike Petters: Updated Guidance on the Vaccine Mandate

September 24, 2021

Dear HII Employees:

Today, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued updated guidance as well as an explanation of protocols for federal contractors to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandate issued on Sept. 9, 2021.

While we are still assessing and evaluating the details of this new mandate, what we do know is this: By Dec. 8, 2021, employees of federal contractors, which includes HII, must be fully vaccinated.

While Huntington Ingalls Industries is a publicly traded company, we are a federal contractor because we provide services to our military and government customers through federal contracts. For that reason, we are bound by any regulations, policies and contractual provisions that apply to all federal contractors.

We will continue to help our unvaccinated employees meet this requirement as safely and efficiently as possible, and continue to share details and guidance as they become available.

We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our employees while continuing our critical mission to support our customers and the nation’s security. I thank you for keeping one another safe and for the important work you do each day.

Mike Petters

President and CEO


From Mississippi Department of Health:  Addressing Common Myths

 September 8, 2021

From Mississippi Department of Health – Addressing Common Myths:

  • COVID vaccines do not cause infertility. In fact, COVID itself has been shown to be harmful for both male and female reproductive health.
  • COVID vaccines are extremely safe. COVID has killed over 7,500 Mississippians but there have been zero confirmed deaths from the vaccine.
  • COVID vaccines do not contain chips, metal or cells.
  • The COVID vaccines are some of the best studied vaccines in history and are not “experimental.” COVID vaccines are currently authorized by the FDA and the Pfizer vaccine is now fully approved.
  • The Pfizer vaccine has rarely been associated with myocarditis, especially in young males. This is a transient inflammation of the heart muscle. Four cases have been identified in Mississippi, all with mild symptoms that resolved quickly. The COVID virus causes myocarditis at a far higher rate than seen with the vaccine.

 

 MS Department of Health: Addressing Common Myths.pdf


Did you win Ingalls’ second $2,500 vaccine drawing? Read below to find out.

 September 1, 2021

Congratulations to Terrence Jackson and Matthew Brown for being the second Ingalls employees to, “take a shot” at $2,500 and win!

Watch the video below to see what Terrence and Matthew had to say about the importance of getting vaccinated today.

If you are vaccinated, Ingalls wants to say “thank you” by awarding 8 hours of vacation/PTO. Vaccinated on site? There is nothing you need to do.  Your vacation/PTO will be added after your second shot.

Not vaccinated on site? Here is how to claim your vacation/PTO:

Simply submit your vaccination card using one of the methods below. Send a picture of the front and back of your card along with your name and badge number:

*phone number and email are within Ingalls’ secure network


 

COVID Testing Facility closes ahead of Ida

 August 27, 2021

Due to the threat of inclement weather from Hurricane Ida, Ingalls’ COVID Testing Facility will be closed Saturday, August 28th through Monday, August 30th. Updates will be provided as we continue to monitor the situation.


SRHS offers full-time vaccination clinic in Pascagoula

 August 25, 2021

Singing River Health System’s Healthplex is a dedicated, full-time vaccination clinic open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. No appointment needed.  Healthplex is located just East of Singing River Hospital, on Hwy 90 in Pascagoula.


 

Singing River Health System: COVID-19 Update

 August 18, 2021

We are caring for a record 138 COVID positive inpatients across our three hospitals, 38 of which are in critical care. Our front line warriors are completely overwhelmed, yet they keep fighting. Pray for even more stamina for them.

(Click here for the Fight for you video).

Why the vaccines are safe

Many people, including me, had many questions and concerns at first. Before I was vaccinated I talked to every board-certified physician I could, and did my own research as well. It is okay to be wary, however take some solace in these facts:

  1. The vaccine was developed fast, partly because the whole wide world worked together. But, the innumerable strong minds and companies working in harmony didn’t start from scratch – research on earlier coronaviruses has been ongoing for over twenty years. Further, many volunteers were readily available and willing to participate in the early development trials.
  2. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are safe. mRNA is a genetic material that simply tells your body how to make proteins. It does not alter your DNA in any way. Unlike other vaccines that put a weakened or inactivated germ into your body, mRNA vaccines do not. As a result, they cannot give you COVID-19 either. Our immune system recognizes the mRNA protein and begins building an immune response and making natural antibodies. Your cells actually break down the mRNA and discard it after your muscle cells react to it by building the antibodies.
  3. The MATH is even more clear than the science. Over 352 million doses have been given in the US (billions worldwide), and only 0.0004% of people receiving have had any serious reaction. Even more important is the fact that less than 1% of those who are vaccinated die even if they contract CoViD. In Mississippi, 7,761 deaths have been caused by CoViD.
  4. The government (and all of those internet “experts”) are irrelevant: listen to board-certified doctors, most of whom were first in line for a vaccine.  If your car needs maintenance, you call a mechanic. If your drain is clogged, you call a plumber. Why should health issues be any different? Please, consult a board certified physician and not the government or an internet expert.
  5. The shot doesn’t hurt. For some people, the main fear is understandably the act of getting a shot. But because the injection is in your deltoid muscle (with the smallest of needles), it would hurt more if someone pinched you.
  6. The vaccine saves lives, and not just yours. Healthcare infrastructure nationally and regionally are struggling under enormous pressure because of the number of CoViD infections. Resources are limited and healthcare heroes are beyond exhausted. Your loved ones could also benefit from you being vaccinated. Do it for them.

The virus does not care about politics, and the vaccine is our best defense against it.  We will not belittle anyone for not yet being vaccinated, and do not be embarrassed if you are worried or scared about CoViD or vaccinations. We are living in scary times, and, kindness is more important than ever. So if you disagree with getting vaccinated, please at least do it respectfully, put a little love in your heart, and don’t be hateful. Dale Carnegie once said something like if there is any one secret of success it is the ability to get the other person’s point of view as well as your own. Few people do that, but the world would be a better place if everyone did.

If you want to be vaccinated, we have walk-up opportunities at our Healthplex Medical Park in Pascagoula and the Singing River Foundation mobile clinic at our Singing River Gulfport hospital campus.​​​

FYI re: Monoclonal antibodies (e.g., Regeneron)

These are a huge weapon we can use against CoViD. Today we exceeded 2,000 doses administered at our Infusion Clinics in Pascagoula and Gulfport.  97.4% of those who have received an antibody infusion have avoided hospitalization. If you have a positive test, ask your provider to call us to get scheduled. We have volunteers working after hours through the night and on weekends to try to administer as many treatments as humanly possible.

Myth/misnomer of the week

“Breakthrough” cases (infection in vaccinated people) is a misnomer because the vaccine was known to not be 100% effective. Not only can vaccinated people get CoViD, 8.7% of them are expected to, and that has been known from the beginning. That means that 91.3% will not. It’s just math. That is about one out of every ten people, or if 1,000 people are exposed, then 87 should get it. If 10,000 are exposed, then 870 should get it. Math. (And, the 8.7% who do contract CoViD despite being vaccinated rarely get hospitalized and rarely die of CoViD.)  Some vaccinated people testing positive is NO SURPRISE.

How much can I rely on antibodies from a prior infection?

There are conflicting studies, reports, and opinions on this. A study in the UK found that people previously infected have an 83% rate of protection against reinfection, and another shows even much higher than that.  Some studies say the immunity may drop off after 6 to 8 months, and a recent Kentucky study showed that people who have had CoViD before are more than two times more likely to be reinfected.  For Singing River, only 131 or about 1% out of our 12,387 positive tests since inception reflects reinfection (however we have no way of knowing how many of those people are re-exposed, how many had tests done elsewhere, etc.). We are only aware of one of those being hospitalized with a second infection, which supports the notion that antibodies are at least somewhat effective.  Your specific level of antibody production can vary, depending on everything from exposure to viral load to genetic composition. There was also a study recently that showed patients that had CoViD and then received a single dose of vaccine had enhanced immune response.  Here is an example of one fairly balanced article: Study Suggests Lasting Immunity After COVID-19, With a Big Boost From Vaccination | Infectious Diseases | JAMA | JAMA Network.

Delta is different

The Delta variant is more contagious because it enters host cells faster, replicates faster, and presents with larger viral loads. It has been misreported that it is 1,000 times more contagious; the “1,000 times” higher relates to the viral load (for example, the number of viral particles in a specimen of snot).  Contagion increase is better defined by the R0 (“R naught”), which is the number of people a person with CoViD is expected to infect. The original version (Alpha) had an R0 value of 2.5, meaning an infected person would infect two and a half people. The R0 value for Delta is 8. Thus, Delta is about 3 times more contagious ​than Alpha. As Dr. J Stacey Klutts stated in a recent article: “If the original COVID strains were covered in syrup, this variant is covered in ultra fast-drying Gorilla Super Glue (industrial strength).” There is still debate about whether it is deadlier, but the math indicates that with exponentially more people infected, the number of deaths would proportionally increase. Only time will tell.

Boosters

Boosters will likely be needed at some point in time. For now, the experts recommend boosters primarily for those who are immunocompromised. The Food and Drug Administration specifically cited authorization for solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise, representing about 3% of U.S. adults. More to come on this soon on our Facebook and website.

An interesting tidbit

Strong correlations have been made between nutrition and exercise, and immune cells and inflammation. Also, cigarettes and vaping products impair the immune system. Conclusion: there has never been a better time or reason to try to start exercising and stop smoking!

Whether you are vaccinated or not, and whether you want to be or not, please at least make an extra effort to stop the spread by doing the simplest of things that we often forget: wash your hands more often, avoid close talking, and isolate yourself if you are even just slightly ill.


WATCH: CEO of Singing River Health System discusses COVID-19 vaccine

 August 18, 2021

Getting vaccinated is now more important than ever. Lee Bond, CEO of Singing River Health System, explains why getting the COVID-19 vaccine is vital to your health and to the safety of your community. More than 162 million people have been vaccinated in the United States. Lee discusses how the world worked on the vaccine and shares a personal story about an Ingalls shipbuilder who lost their fight to COVID-19.

The health of everyone in our shipyard community is vital to the critical role we play in defending freedom. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and every one of our team members.

“Don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for other people. Do it for your family,” says Lee. Watch this compelling video above or by visiting the IngallsConnect App.

To register visit   https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/vaccine/


Community Vaccination Sites

 August 12, 2021

Shipbuilders are encouraged to get vaccinated wherever they are comfortable doing so. Ingalls has provided a list of vaccination sites located throughout the Alabama & Mississippi coastal communities.

Community Vaccination Sites – August 12, 2021.pdf

 


New guidance regarding Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate

 August 4, 2021

In order to maximize protection from the delta variant and in consideration of the most recent statewide mask mandate issued by the State of Louisiana, effective August 4, 2021 to September 1, 2021, all persons entering or working indoors in the UNO Building will be required to wear a mask in public indoor settings in transit and at any time social distancing cannot be maintained.


A new message regarding COVID-19

 July 30, 2021

The health of everyone in our shipyard community is vital to the critical role we play in defending freedom. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and every one of our team members.

So what are the numbers telling us?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of the country with substantial or high transmission, like Mississippi and Alabama. While our current policy and the policy going forward does not require it, unvaccinated employees and those going through the vaccination process are still encouraged to wear a face covering while at work when they are unable to maintain social distance. Employees who are fully vaccinated can continue to wear masks if they desire. However, the numbers clearly show that the single best and most effective way to stay healthy and protect the health of our fellow shipbuilders is to be vaccinated.

In recent weeks, Ingalls has seen a significant increase in vaccination participation throughout our workforce. Thank you for making the health and safety of our shipyard community a priority.

To register for a vaccination and for the latest company updates, visit https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/


WATCH: Dr. Charles McRaney on the importance of getting vaccinated

 July 29, 2021

Dr. Charles McRaney, Chief Medical Officer for Ingalls Shipbuilding, talks about the importance of getting vaccinated to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and highly contagious variants.


Updated COVID Pay and Benefits Guidance

 July 23, 2021

Earlier today you received an email from Bill Ermatinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in regards to the HII’s Quarantine Pay Policy update. With the growing spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, HII leadership has decided to reinstate the paid waiting period for fully vaccinated employees who test positive for COVID-19, effective July 26.

As a reminder, vaccine events have been scheduled at the COVID Testing Facility on the west side of Jerry St. Pe’ Highway.  Singing River Health System (SRHS) will administer Pfizer vaccines to Ingalls employees, their dependents (12+), contractors and U.S. Navy & Coast Guard customers.

Employees who receive the vaccine on-site or self-report by August 20 will be entered into a $2,500 prize drawing. For more information visit: https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/vaccine/vaccinedrawing/

What to expect?

  • Employees must provide their name, badge number, mobile number and preferred vaccine time at signup.
  • Once the form is submitted, Ingalls medical will provide the information to SRHS.
  • Singing River will not send a confirmation. Please arrive at your selected time on the form.

Click here to sign up. If you are unable to access the form link, try accessing it on the IngallsConnect App.

As previously communicated, you have no action to self-report if you received your vaccination onsite at Ingalls through Singing River Health System.  If you received your vaccination in the community, we ask that you self-report online by logging into your UPoint account from www.hiibenefits.com. Once logged in, click the “COVID-19 Self-Reporting” banner at the top of your homepage, read the instructions and fill out the brief questionnaire. Doing so will help us assess how protected our employees are against COVID-19.

Please continue monitoring the Ingalls COVID-19 website along with the IngallsConnect App for the updated COVID pay policy, FAQs and the latest information.

Vaccination appointments are non-chargeable. Management-approved FLEX, PTO or vacation are required during the entire vaccination process if occurring during your scheduled work hours.

COVID Pay & Benefits Guidance.pdf

FAQs for Quarantine Pay Update.pdf


Message from Bill Ermatinger: Update To HII’s COVID-19 Waiting Period Policy

 July 23, 2021

Dear HII Employees:

Since March 2020, we have monitored and adjusted HII’s COVID-19 response efforts to keep our employees safe and support our important mission for our government and industry customers.

The increase in vaccinations and decrease in COVID-19 cases this spring led to nationwide easing of public health restrictions. In turn, on June 1, HII ended the paid waiting period for employees who test positive for COVID-19.

With the growing spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, however, HII leadership has decided to reinstate the paid waiting period for fully vaccinated employees who test positive for COVID-19. Effective July 26, fully vaccinated employees who test positive for COVID-19 can qualify for a five-day paid waiting period before they are eligible for short-term disability coverage or they are cleared to return to work onsite. Refer to your division’s COVID-19 communications for details regarding this policy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring the delta variant closely, and current information suggests that COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States offer protection. In an abundance of caution, though, HII leadership has updated the COVID-19 waiting period policy to offer greater flexibility to those who test positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated will not qualify for the paid waiting period.

To apply and qualify for the paid waiting period if you test positive for COVID-19, you must have self-reported in UPoint that you are fully vaccinated and provide a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record card if you were vaccinated outside Newport News Shipbuilding or Ingalls Shipbuilding. To self-report your vaccination status, log into your UPoint account from www.hiibenefits.com. Once logged in, click the “COVID-19 Self-Reporting” banner at the top of your homepage, read the instructions and fill out the brief questionnaire. All employees are required to self-report regardless of if they are vaccinated or not. Note: You do not need to self-report in UPoint if you received your vaccination at Newport News Shipbuilding through QuadMed or at Ingalls Shipbuilding through Singing River Health System.

On behalf of the entire HII leadership team, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your team members against COVID-19 and to slow the spread. Studies have also shown that being vaccinated helps keep you from getting seriously ill if you do contract the virus. For information on how to find a no-cost vaccine, review HII’s Vaccine Information for Employees.

Bill Ermatinger

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Updated COVID-19 Pay & Quarantine Policy

 June 3, 2021

Ingalls Shipbuilding has updated pay and quarantine guidance for employees. This is effective May 31, 2021.

Download as a .pdf


Updated COVID-19 Exposure and Testing Process

May 24, 2021

Ingalls Shipbuilding has updated guidance for employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 and require testing. Anyone who has been vaccinated does not have to quarantine and may return to work immediately. This will go into effect on May 31, 2021.

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Updated Guidance on Face Masks

May 17, 2021

Dear Ingalls Shipbuilding employees:

Consistent with HII’s recent announcement, Ingalls will no longer ask that fully vaccinated employees wear face masks when they are unable to socially distance, unless they live in a state or locale that requires it. This aligns with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the States of Mississippi and Louisiana.

This is promising news and a sign that COVID-19 safety protocols and lifestyle changes have paid real dividends, and we can all look forward to resuming our normal routines. We understand some people may be uncomfortable going mask free, and employees who are fully vaccinated can continue to wear masks if they desire.

Unvaccinated employees and those going through the vaccination process are still encouraged to wear a face covering while at work when they are unable to maintain social distance.

In order to track the vaccination status of employees, HII is requiring all employees to self-report your vaccination status in UPoint if you received a COVID-19 vaccine in the community by logging into your UPoint account from www.hiibenefits.com. Once logged in, click the “COVID-19 Self-Reporting” banner at the top of your homepage, read the instructions and fill out the brief questionnaire. You do not need to self-report on UPoint if you received your vaccination onsite at Ingalls Shipbuilding through Singing River Health System.

If you are an employee who needs to self-report and need assistance in that process, you may contact the Ingalls Medical team at 228-935-1922 between the hours of 6:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday starting on Monday May 24, 2021.  When you call, please have the following information ready (a) your name, (b) your badge number, (c) vaccine type (Pfizer, Moderna, etc.), (d) date of 1st vaccine, and (e) date of 2nd vaccine.

While getting the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, we strongly encourage it. As a reminder, employees can receive the vaccine onsite at the dates and times Ingalls provides through Singing River Health System, at QuadMed, or at other sites in the community.

Your perseverance and flexibility have been evident during this pandemic and have long been strengths of our workforce. Your patience and continued dedication is appreciated as we continue to navigate away from COVID-19.


Message from Bill Ermatinger: COVID-19 Mask Guidance

May 16, 2021

Dear HII Employees:

To align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Huntington Ingalls Industries will no longer require fully vaccinated employees to wear face masks, unless they live in a state or locale that requires it.

Unvaccinated employees and those going through the vaccination process must still wear a face covering while at work and are subject to discipline, up to and including termination, if found to be unvaccinated and not wearing a mask and unable to maintain social distance.

In order to track which employees are able to go mask free, we are requiring all employees to self-report your vaccination status in UPoint if you received a COVID-19 vaccine in the community. You do not need to self-report on UPoint if you received your vaccination at Newport News Shipbuilding through QuadMed or at Ingalls Shipbuilding through Singing River Health System.

You can self-report by logging into your UPoint account from www.hiibenefits.com. Once logged in, click the “COVID-19 Self-Reporting” banner at the top of your homepage, read the instructions and fill out the brief questionnaire.

This recent guidance from CDC is another step in the right direction. And while getting the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, we strongly encourage it so that we can all resume our normal routines.

Bill Ermatinger

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Information & FAQs for Employees Returning to On-Site Work

April 22, 2021

As employees prepare to return to on-site work, the following documents have been added to our resources to help aid in your transition.

Click each image to download .pdf

Return to On-site Work Guidance

Return to On-Site Work FAQs

 


Vaccines now available to Ingalls employee dependents (18+), contractors & U.S. Navy & Coast Guard customers

March 18, 2021

Consistent with applicable guidelines and availability, Singing River Health System has 2,000 Pfizer vaccines to administer on-site, to all Ingalls employees, their dependents (18+), contractors and U.S. Navy & Coast Guard customers.

If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please visit https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/vaccine and complete the registration form.

What to expect? The short form can be completed in less than 2 minutes.

Employees will need to provide:

    • Name, badge number, mobile number, preferred vaccine time

Employee dependents (18+), contractors and U.S. Navy & Coast Guard customers provide:

    • Name, mobile number, preferred vaccine time

Once the form is submitted, Ingalls medical will provide the information to SRHS.

  • Singing River will upload the information from Ingalls into their system.
  • Singing River schedules the Ingalls employees and sends them a text with their appointment time.
  • Singing River schedules the Ingalls employees dependents (18+), contractors and U.S. Navy & Coast Guard customers but WILL NOT send a text with their appointment time. Please show up at the requested time.

Vaccination appointments are non-chargeable. Management-approved FLEX, PTO or vacation are required during the entire vaccination process if occurring during your scheduled work hours. No medical information is collected or stored by Ingalls.


Additional Vaccine Appointments Available

March 16, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are now open to all Mississippi residents, and to out-of-state residents who work in Mississippi.

Consistent with applicable guidelines and availability, Singing River Health System has 2,000 Pfizer vaccines to administer on-site, to Ingalls employees.

Ingalls employees interested in signing up or learning more should visit https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/coronavirus/vaccine and complete the registration form.

What to expect? Employees will need to provide their:

  • Name, badge number, mobile number, preferred vaccine time

Once the form is submitted, Ingalls medical will provide the information to SRHS.

  • Singing River will upload the information from Ingalls employees into their system.
  • Singing River schedules the employee and sends them a text with their appointment time.

Vaccination appointments are non-chargeable. Management-approved FLEX, PTO or vacation are required during the entire vaccination process if occurring during your scheduled work hours.


Vaccine Availability

March 4, 2021

As part of our continuing efforts to provide a safe workplace, including our efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to work closely with state and local agencies and Singing River Health System (SRHS) to create opportunities to make the vaccine available for our employees.

Consistent with applicable guidelines and availability, SRHS has several hundred Pfizer vaccines to administer on-site, to Ingalls employees that meet eligibility requirements.

Ingalls employees interested in learning more or signing up, if eligible, should complete the registration form.

What to expect? Employees will need to provide their:

  • Name, badge number, mobile number, preferred vaccine time
  • Attest that they meet the current eligibility criteria for the vaccine

Once the form is submitted, Ingalls medical will provide the information to SRHS

  • Singing River will upload the information from Ingalls employees into their system
  • Singing River schedules the employee and sends them a text with their appointment time

Vaccination appointments are non-chargeable. Management-approved FLEX, PTO or vacation are required during the entire vaccination process if occurring during your scheduled work hours

Request an appointment

No medical information is collected or stored by Ingalls.


A Message from Edmond Hughes on Vaccines

February 25, 2021

My Fellow Shipbuilders,

As part of our continuing efforts to provide a safe workplace, including our efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to work closely with state and local agencies and Singing River Health System to create opportunities to make the vaccine available for our employees.

Consistent with applicable guidelines and availability, Singing River has been able to assist in administering vaccinations, on-site, to Ingalls employees 65 and older. Following the second dose of the vaccine, many of our 65+ shipbuilders expressed enthusiasm for being able to obtain the vaccine.

As you know, the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is high, and we will continue to stay in close contact with the state and local providers who oversee its distribution, including Singing River, who currently provides our testing services and who will continue to manage the on-site vaccination program as more doses become available.

In the meantime, shipbuilders are encouraged to get the vaccine when and wherever the opportunity presents itself. The infographic below provides guidance on how to contact the health care teams currently providing vaccines in MS, AL and LA.

We thank you for your patience.

Edmond Hughes

VP, HR&A

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Where to find Vaccine Resources

February 11, 2021

Huntington Ingalls Industries has provided informative resources on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This resource page is updated frequently and the infographics and other documents are available to be downloaded.


Important Information on Vaccines

February 9, 2021

Please download and read the following information regarding vaccines.

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Memo from Bill Ermatinger: COVID-19 Vaccine

January 13, 2021

To: All HII Employees
From: Bill Ermatinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear HII Employees:
I want to make you aware of the growing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. While still adhering to health and safety precautions — such as staying 6 feet apart and wearing masks in public — the vaccine is another tool we can all use to help prevent the spread of this virus, and it has the opportunity to be a turning point for the company and the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommend the COVID-19 vaccination for people ages 18 years and older. While it is not mandatory at HII, I strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as a version of the vaccine becomes available. Taking this step allows us to go on the offensive against COVID-19, and it will not only help to protect you, it will help to protect your families, friends and your teammates.

Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so you will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed to it. Most of the approved vaccines are given in two shots and, often times, require a 28-day waiting period between the first and second shot. If you schedule an appointment and are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them.

For those of you worried about the safety of these vaccines and the approval process, the COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the same CDC and FDA safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines produced and distributed through the years. A system is in place across the entire country that allows health officials to watch for safety issues and make sure the vaccines stay safe.

Again, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to you, continue wearing a mask in public and observe social distancing so that we can continue to combat this pandemic and win. Visit the CDC’s website for more information about vaccines.

Click here to download this message as a pdf