Frontline caregivers have risked our lives during the pandemic. For the past year, we’ve fallen ill, struggled financially during quarantine, watched those we care for die in unacceptable numbers, and feared for our families’ health.
The COVID vaccine is a critical tool to protect our families, ourselves, and our communities as we fight to put an end to this deadly virus. Our union is committed to keeping us informed throughout the vaccine rollout process and ensuring caregivers have a voice wherever decisions are being made.
COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frontline caregivers are first in line to receive their vaccine. While vaccines are a proven technology to prevent the spread of disease, many of us still have questions we need answered before we decide to get vaccinated. What’s in the vaccine and how does it work? Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine? What are the side effects? — are all important questions. See below to get answers to these questions and more from doctors and other medical professionals.
VACCINE STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES OF CARE
Nurses and other frontline healthcare workers across Pennsylvania have already received their vaccines and they’re sharing their experiences with fellow union caregivers. Are you a member of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania who received your COVID-19 vaccine? Share your experience with us!
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE
One of our union’s principles on the COVID-19 vaccination process is that vaccine distribution plans must include education and outreach activities that involve frontline caregivers. Below are upcoming opportunities for you to hear from other healthcare workers and ask questions you still have about the vaccine.
SEIU Member Forum: Answering Your Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines
The townhalls will be moderated by EVP Leslie Frane and feature Dr. Alicia Fernandez, a professor at University of San Francisco and general internist at San Francisco General.
Monday, February 8th at 8:00pm ET
Tuesday, February 9th at 1:00pm ET
Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00pm ET
Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00pm ET
Register in advance
CAREGIVERS ARE LEADING THE FIGHT TO BEAT COVID-19
While the vaccine is an important step in getting COVID-19 under control, this pandemic will not end until caregivers have what we need to keep ourselves and those we care for safe. Our broken healthcare system got us here — and we can never end up here again. That’s why our members are fighting for policy changes like investment in our public healthcare system, safe staffing ratios in hospitals and nursing homes, and investment in our direct care workforce. Find your team below to learn more and get involved.
MORE RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS
SEIU Principles on COVID-19 Vaccination (English)