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OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing, Effective Nov. 5

Learn more about the Emergency Temporary Standard at osha.gov/vaxETS and find a vaccine site near you at vaccines.gov. (scroll down for more info)

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The ETS also requires employers to provide paid time to workers to get vaccinated and paid leave to recover from any side effects. It’s a fact: COVID-19 vaccines can keep workers safe on the job, and data shows they’re the best way to end the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace. We know the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free – and all workers are eligible, regardless of immigration status.

IBEW International: Solidarity through Safety. Vaccines Protect Everyone on the Job

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Check out the October issue of the Electrical Worker, our International newsletter. In it, 16 IBEW members share “Why I Got My Shot

It also includes a joint letter from IBEW/NECA on the importance of vaccination, as the country has seen more than 633,000 COVID deaths, greater than the U.S. death totals of the wars of the past 100 years (World War I, II; Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq combined). “We are in a war — one of the deadliest wars we have ever seen as an American people.”

With FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, IBEW/NECA leaders “implore each and every person in the electrical construction industry to become vaccinated against COVID-19.”
It cites the recent story of a Las Vegas father who died from the virus, and a message he sent his fiancee, “I should have gotten the damn vaccine.
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