April – COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
What is new with the COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, there have been over 167,000,000 shots of the vaccine given to Americans. As the vaccine distribution ramps up, so are cases of Coronavirus. Due to the availability of the COVID vaccine, more and more people are qualifying for it.
In New Jersey
Currently, the vaccine in NJ is open to individuals 55+ as well as 16+ that have certain underlying conditions. The vaccine is also currently available to Warehouse and Logistics workers. As of Monday, April 19th, all individuals aged 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination. See the full list of whose available to get their shot here.
On April 5th, PA stepped up to the 1B phase of the vaccine rollout, including Manufacturing/Warehouse workers – here’s what else it includes. As of Monday, April 19th, all individuals aged 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination. See the full list of whose available to get their shot here.
Currently the vaccine is available to all people in Delaware 16+. Find out more information or register here.
Total Vaccine Doses as of April 5th
The Race to Vaccinate
The United States recently administered a record 3.38 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in a single day. We now have three historic, safe, and effective vaccines being administered across the country at a rapid pace, and more vaccines are in the works. A new CDC study shows that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 infections and serious COVID-19 illness. Once fully vaccinated, a person’s risk of infection is reduced by up to 95%.
However, we are also seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, including cases from new and emerging COVID-19 variants of concern. These variants of concern are mutated versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and have the potential to cause COVID-19 to be more severe, spread more easily between humans, require different treatments, or change the effectiveness of current vaccines.
Scientists continue to learn how the vaccines protect people from variants. Until most of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, consistent use of public health prevention strategies, such as universal and correct use of masks, social distancing, hand washing, and vaccination, will help to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Even if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking these everyday precautions in public places.
The race to vaccinate people and contain the virus is underway. The actions we take today determine how long it will take to stop the virus and end the pandemic.
If You Have Symptoms, or Have Come in Contact with Someone Infected with COVID-19, Get Tested
• Schedule a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
• Notify your ACCU recruiter immediately and let them know you need to be tested
• DO NOT go to your assigned shift, once you have notified your recruiter
• Stay home before and after you get your test, until you are notified of your results
• Always wear a mask to ensure the safety of others, like your family and friends
• When you receive your test results, please notify your recruiter about whether or not you are clear to work