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COVID-19 Update: Week 34

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Apr 2, 2021

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Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

igotmyvaccineCDCCOVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal. It typically takes two weeks after you are fully vaccinated for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Vaccines will become widely available in the coming months. Click here to find a COVID-19 vaccine.

People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

WHERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FREE VACCINE:

  • Texas—All adults eligible for Free Vaccine, register at www.dallascounty.org.
  • Georgia—All adults eligible for Free Vaccine, register at www.dph.georgia.gov.
  • Florida—All adults over the age of 40 eligible for Free Vaccine, register at myvaccine.fl.gov.
  • Virginia—All Essential Workers eligible for Free Vaccine, register at www.vdh.virginia.gov.
  • Illinois—All Essential Workers eligible for Free Vaccine, register at covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov.
  • California—Starting on April 1, those 50 years and older are eligible, and on April 15, all adults eligible for Free Vaccine, register at myturn.ca.gov.

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Taking Action

This is the latest list of actions we are taking to ensure communication to all stakeholders:

  • President Rob Doyle continues his bi-weekly video address to associates.
  • Summary of new protocols:
    • Testing: A negative test is required to return to work if an individual self-quarantines or is part of a Track and Trace.
      • The CDC suggests the median time of 4-5 days from exposure for symptoms to onset (11/3/2020), therefore we encourage and remind individuals to not test until a minimum of 4 days off from work. This is still the associates' decision, and although this action is not required, it is highly recommended.
      • A return to work should take place no earlier than 7 working days from the last day worked with a negative test.
      • Results must be returned no later than 10 days after the last day worked.
    • Age: Those over the age of 60 are allowed to self-quarantine without testing on a case-by-case basis. Notify Diane for review.
    • Exposure: If someone has had direct contact with someone who has tested positive, they must self-quarantine and be tested (see testing section above).
    • Testing Centers: TSG will make it a priority to provide detailed information regarding testing locations near the office/facility.
    • Important reminders:
      • If you do not feel well, STAY HOME. Call your manager and let them know you are experiencing signs of COVID-19
      • Remember to SOCIAL DISTANCE yourself from other workers. Notify management if you feel this is not occurring at your site.
      • Wear your protective MASK, SCARF, or BANDANA always. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose. Masks are required at all TSG sites.
      • Wash your hands and sanitize several times a day, especially after touching hard surfaces.
      • Disinfect your work areas. If you need supplies to clean your equipment, desk, or any other surface, let management know immediately!
      • Get vaccinated!
    • Sites are maintaining the proper level of PPE to ensure replenishment of items given ongoing shortages and lead times for some PPE.
    • Managers are stressing that associates stay hydrated, which is a key to a healthy immune system. Associates are allowed water in a clear bottle on the warehouse floor to aid in maintaining proper hydration. 
    • Practice getting plenty of rest, exercise, and good nutrition.
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We are #3PLStrong. We are essential. We are TSG. View COVID-19 Resources

Based on recommendations of the CDC, we will remain cautious at The Shippers Group. Following the CDC's guidelines, we will continue to require masks in our facilities, social distancing, sanitizing workspaces, and all protocols in place to help keep our co-workers and families safe.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response efforts, please contact Diane Villafana, VP of Human Resources and Safety Compliance.

 

Topics: Warehousing, News Room, COVID-19