Resources for Difficult Times
- How to File for Unemployment
- Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about applying for unemployment
- Watch this FAQ video on Unemployment Compensation.
- SEIU International has an additional Resource Page
The Training and Education Fund has produced a series of videos for healthcare workers:
- Contaminated Laundry
- Disinfecting Surfaces
- Handling Packages and Mail
- Proper Use of Gloves
- Tips for Going from Work to Home
- Unemployment Compensation
- FAQ Unemployment compensation
- PA Dept. of Health
- World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Novel Coronavirus
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidance for Healthcare Workers
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 cases geographical distribution
COVID-19 vaccine information
As essential frontline workers you’ve seen, first-hand, the devastating effects of COVID-19. You have also led the way to demand policies and protections to keep yourself, your family, and you and those you care for safe.
The COVID vaccine is a critical tool in our arsenal to end this deadly virus. As employers move toward universal vaccination efforts, our union is committed to keeping workers informed, providing education, and ensuring caregivers have a voice in how these plans are implemented.
Flyers you can download and print:
Frequently Asked Questions
Development and Approval Process
What’s in the vaccine? How does it work?
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
Will the vaccine cause side effects? If so, how long might they last?
Are there any long-term side effects?
Has anyone died or become ill after taking the vaccine?
How effective is the vaccine?
Is one vaccine better than the other?
How many doses do I need to be fully protected? Is one good enough?
Can I mix and match vaccines?
How long does the protection last? Will I need to get a booster shot every year?
Can I still get the virus even if I take the vaccine?
Can I still spread the virus even after getting vaccinated?
Does the vaccine work better depending on age, weight or race?
I have pre-existing conditions. Will taking the vaccine have harmful effects?
I already had COVID-19 – do I still need a vaccine?
Will I still need to wear PPE and follow public health protocols even after getting the vaccine?
The vaccines were made so quickly – how do I know it is safe and not rushed?
Healthcare workers will be among the first who can take the vaccines. How robust were the trials? How many people were involved and how thorough was the study?
Did the clinical trials for the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna include people from the groups most affected by COVID-19, especially Black, Latinx, and older people?
Did President Trump pressure vaccine companies or the FDA to speed up the process?
How does the vaccine approval process work?
I hear that the FDA is granting EUA status to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. What does EUA mean?
Can I or other healthcare workers be required to take the vaccine?
Will those who are vaccinated be assigned to work with patients with COVID-19 more frequently?
Is the vaccine free? Will my insurance cover it?
Will I have a chance to take the vaccine later if I decline the first opportunity?
Facts about the Delta variant
Does the vaccine protect against the Delta variant?
So far, studies suggest that all COVID vaccines authorized for use in the United States are effective against known variants. The Delta variant has been categorized as a variant of concern in the United States and is linked to a growing number of cases in many parts of the country, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates. This variant seems to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, and lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
Should I be concerned about the Delta variant after I’m vaccinated?
Vaccinated individuals may experience a breakthrough infection with the COVID Delta variant, but they are less likely to experience severe symptoms. Unvaccinated Americans now account for almost all recent COVID hospitalizations and deaths.
What is a breakthrough infection?
A breakthrough infection occurs when someone who is fully vaccinated contracts the virus. While COVID vaccines are an effective and critical tool to control the pandemic, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. Thus far, the vast majority of COVID breakthrough infections have not led to serious disease. Data suggests that fully vaccinated individuals are likely to suffer milder disease if they develop symptoms at all.
If I can still get infected with the Delta variant after I’m fully vaccinated why even bother getting vaccinated?
Your chances of developing serious illness are significantly reduced once vaccinated. Even if COVID vaccines are less protective against the Delta variant compared with earlier versions of COVID, they still largely remain effective. And, even more importantly, they are very good at preventing serious disease and death.