#getvaccinated

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

May 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

PSU: HELP FOR ANXIETY The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer information and coping techniques for Anxiety. This past year has been filled with challenges, disruptions, fears and losses. As we transition to increasing in-person activities, we may feel additional Anxiety.  Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by feelings of worry and fear that may interfere with one’s daily activities. Common physical symptoms are panic attacks, racing heart rate, chest palpitations, rapid breathing and irritability. Common psychological symptoms are racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking. The following are some useful strategies for coping with Anxiety: *Pay attention to your thoughts as they influence your feelings and behavior. Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with ones that [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

May 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

Laura Morand, Local 2627 President I got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 12. I could have gotten it a month early as a Fire Department employee, but I was hesitant.  I developed a lack of trust in the medical system after I was misdiagnosed on March 25, 2020. That day I was rushed by ambulance to Franklin Hospital in Long Island. I had a 101 fever and difficulty breathing. I was weak, achy and dizzy. I was fast-tracked to see a doctor but he denied me a COVID test and did not check me out thoroughly despite my symptoms. He gave me two Tylenol and an asthma pump and sent me home. I believe that if I were a Caucasian woman, doctors would have tested me for everything including COVID-19. Instead, they put on a Band-Aid and sent me back to work. The way I was treated hurt me but I was too weak to do anything about it.  When I didn’t get any better, I called our executive director [More...]

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

April 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

COVID-19 VACCINES LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. 2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process. 3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of age. * Employees are granted 4 hours [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

This series shares DC 37 members’ personal stories and their reasons for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the fight to end a global pandemic, DC 37 is proud of the work, sacrifice, and dedication of its members in these unprecedented and challenging times. Hector Rodriguez  Housekeeping Services Aide, Metropolitan HospitalLocal 420 “I took the Pfizer shot. I did it for me, for my health, my co-workers, and my family. I want to live longer. On Jan. 20, I had a heart attack and had to have a stent put in. I made 60 and I feel great. My doctor highly recommended that I take the vaccine because I have pre-existing conditions. I encourage everyone to get the COVID vaccine. There is nothing to be afraid of, nothing to be scared of. After I took the shot, I had just a little soreness in my arm. I’m happy I took the COVID vaccine. I encourage people to take the vaccine, especially my [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

This series shares DC 37 members’ personal stories and their reasons for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the fight to end a global pandemic, DC 37 is proud of the work, sacrifice, and dedication of its members in these unprecedented and challenging times. William Kelly  Housekeeping Services Local 420 “I’m the first person at Health+Hospitals to step up for the COVID vaccine. I got my first dose of Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 5. Both doses were like getting the flu shot. I had no symptoms.  I keep the hospital clean, I change beds, clean the nurses’ stations, dust the floors. I keep the COVID unit clean. I work around patients with COVID, so I decided to get the shot. When coronavirus hit New York City last year, the first five months of the pandemic were hectic at Elmhurst Hospital. I’ve worked there for 23 years and I have never experienced anything like this. So many people [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

This series shares DC 37 members’ personal stories and their reasons for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the fight to end a global pandemic, DC 37 is proud of the work, sacrifice, and dedication of its members in these unprecedented and challenging times. Anthony Almojera Lt. Paramedic, FDNY Vice President, Uniformed EMS Officers Local 3621 “As a frontline medical worker and having seen the devastation working as an EMS officer COVID has done to our communities, it is important to lead by example and get vaccinated. If we unite, as union leaders are known to do in past crises, then we will beat this and save lives in the process.”   #COVIDVaccine To read more about Almojera’s pandemic experience visit:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52196815 As told to DIANE S. [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

This series shares DC 37 members’ personal stories and their reasons for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the fight to end a global pandemic, DC 37 is proud of the work, sacrifice, and dedication of its members in these unprecedented and challenging times. Gloria Smith   Home Health Aide, Local 389 “I’ve been a home health aide since 2013. I contracted COVID back in March, a year ago. I was severely ill. I was so weak I could barely stand. I couldn’t walk from the kitchen to the bathroom without lying back down. I was so fatigued, I felt like I would pass out.  I tested positive each month from April to July. I didn’t return to work until August, five months after I got sick. I don’t want to ever get COVID again so I decided that taking the vaccine is a way to protect myself.” As told to DIANE S. [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

This series shares DC 37 members’ personal stories and their reasons for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the fight to end a global pandemic, DC 37 is proud of the work, sacrifice, and dedication of its members in these unprecedented and challenging times. Ricardo Reed Clerical Associate 3, Bellevue Hospital  Local 1549  “We each have a part to play in our health, so I took the COVID vaccine. Not enough people of color are getting the vaccine. We need to understand what questions to ask doctors to learn who is treating us. I interview my doctors to understand what they know about African physiology, their passion, and whether they care about my body and my health. I showed symptoms of COVID last year. I was coughing up blood and sweating excessively. My doctor told me to call 911. I asked the EMTs to please take me to Bellevue Hospital. They asked why, and I told them I work [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

This series shares DC 37 members’ personal stories and their reasons for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. In the fight to end a global pandemic, DC 37 is proud of the work, sacrifice, and dedication of its members in these unprecedented and challenging times. Nate Franco  Social Worker Level 3, Harlem HospitalLocal 768  “I am a Social Worker caring for COVID positive patients. I have gotten tested nearly every week since tests became widely available. The same day I heard I was eligible for the vaccine, I took the first appointment available, which was at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. I got the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the safety of my family and for myself.  The virus is still spreading and coworkers were contracting COVID. I have been very afraid to bring it home to my family. To keep everyone safer, we separated. My wife and child went to live with my in-laws, and [More...]

DC 37 Workers #GetVaccinated at Citi Field Event

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The early spring weather was sunny, appropriate for the occasion as hundreds of DC 37 members joined other New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a “Vaccination Day” event held at Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows, Queens. The event, heavily promoted by the union in social media and on www.dc37.net drew more than 500 union members to get the life-saving vaccine at the home stadium of the New York Mets on March 27. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido spoke of the importance of the “Vaccination Day” event, which is part of an ongoing effort to vaccinate tens of thousands of DC 37 members.  “In honor of the more than 200 DC 37 members who died from COVID-19, we pledged we would do everything possible to protect them and their families, get benefits for those who passed away and to protect those living and continue to provide public services,” said Garrido. [More...]