President John T. Niccollai
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOHN T. NICCOLLAI - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2020
FOOD STORE WORKERS NEXT CATEGORY TO RECEIVE
Your Union has been receiving phone calls and emails concerning the COVID-19 procedures for receiving the vaccine. First we must point out that we do not have any vaccine at the Union, and we are not part of the group that has been designated by Government to distribute the vaccine.
There are six mega sites throughout New Jersey that will serve as vaccine hubs, along with over 200 additional sites such as drug stores and supermarkets. Members may log on to covid19.nj.gov for more detailed information. In New York, members may check covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.
Food store employees and food distribution centers are presently classified as Category 1B largely because of the UFCW’s success in getting us recognized as “Essential Workers”. We are the next group to receive the vaccine.
The vaccine is already being delivered and distributed to Category 1A, which consists of health care workers, nursing home residents and staff members. In effect this means that we can expect to be reached in the immediate future; perhaps just weeks away.
The Government is encouraging all residents to get the vaccine and has categorized it as extremely safe and effective. Your Union would also advise all members, except those who medically cannot receive the vaccine, to make plans to be inoculated. We have all long awaited a safer workplace and a return to a more pre COVID-19 lifestyle with our family loved ones and friends.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
WORK SMARTLY – WORK SAFELY!