Members from three different national unions, including SEIU, participated in a question and answer webinar regarding the new COVID-19 vaccines that are due to hit the market at the beginning of 2021.

Many SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members participated in the webinar that was hosted by SEIU, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union (AFSCM), the American Federation of Teachers union (AFT), and the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition.

“The possible availability of a COVID-19 vaccine is an exciting and welcomed development. The only way for our schools, businesses, and governments to safely reopen is to get the virus under control. And a safe and effective vaccine plays a vital role in that process,” a press release from the unions stated. “The formal government approval process is pending. SEIU is closely monitoring this process and we believe we should follow the science regarding recommendations for vaccinations. Individuals, of course, should make their own decisions regarding vaccination based on the best information available. To that end, we have been offered an opportunity to have you participate in a virtual town hall with leading experts and career officials intimately familiar with vaccine approval and distribution.”

Professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) under President Obama Dr. David Michaels, moderated the webinar while many union members asked direct questions to a panel of experts. The experts included; Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Peter Marks; Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Nancy Messonnier; and Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers University and National Medical Association liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Patricia Whitley-Williams.

To view the one-hour webinar, click the video below!

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