Dear Frontline Staff and Supervisors
We have now completed more than one year of living through a pandemic. This period in our lives is perhaps the darkest, most uncertain and utterly disturbing.
It is because we have observed strictly the guidelines from the DC and MD governments, and the Center for Disease Control, and taken seriously the information from various other federal and state agencies, we are able to still continue to labor confidently.
One of the most outstanding successes of this era has been the discovery of a few highly effective vaccines, and the availability of the same all over the country. It has become increasingly apparent that those who are not vaccinated are still at risk, and those who are vaccinated are reportedly protected from Covid 19. The focus has now shifted to the younger people who are yet to be vaccinated, and hence still exposed to the virus in its original form, as well as to the more dangerous variants.
Therefore, I am constrained to share that it is our civic duty to get vaccinated. We would do well to take one of the available vaccines.
Here are just some of the reasons I can think of:
After much discussion and reading through page after page of news reports and listening to the advice of the world’s finest scientists, we may quite safely conclude that:
Please register at one of the official sites (linked to either the DC or MD Health Departments) using the information your supervisors will share with you; leave your cell phone number, and expect a call or text when your turn comes up; and make sure you make it to the appointment. You may get called to come in earlier if there are cancellations; grab those slots quickly.
Proof of being vaccinated will be required to ensure that you are not carrying the Covid 19 virus and passing it on! This proof is required by airlines, and even at many job sites, including hospitals and nursing homes. As healthcare workers, we are all responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the people we serve.
We are pleading with all Frontline staff to get the vaccinations as soon as possible. If you may be excused for medical reasons, get a letter from your doctor, all program staff are advised to submit it to the SPM in charge of your division – either Mr. Kirkland Williams, Mr. Danny Nicholson or Dr. Randy Goldson. Once you are fully vaccinated, please inform the SPM with date of completion of the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or the only dose if it is a Johnson & Johnson vaccine). All other staff, please report to Ms. Nisha in the Nursing Department.
With best wishes !