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Message From Karen Velkey: HII Benefits and Support For Reentry Anxiety

May 24, 12:30 p.m.
With COVID-19 restrictions relaxing nationwide, individuals may experience what mental health professionals call reentry anxiety. If you are feeling stressed or anxious about returning to pre-pandemic routines, know that you are not alone, and help is available.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding: Updated Mask Guidance

May 17, 9 a.m.
Consistent with HII’s recent announcement, Ingalls will no longer ask that fully vaccinated employees wear face masks when they are unable to socially distance, unless they live in a state or locale that requires it. This aligns with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the States of Mississippi and Louisiana.

This is promising news and a sign that COVID-19 safety protocols and lifestyle changes have paid real dividends, and we can all look forward to resuming our normal routines. We understand some people may be uncomfortable going mask free, and employees who are fully vaccinated can continue to wear masks if they desire.

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Memo from Bill Ermatinger: COVID-19 Mask Guidance

May 16, 11:45  a.m.
To align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Huntington Ingalls Industries will no longer require fully vaccinated employees to wear face masks, unless they live in a state or locale that requires it.

Unvaccinated employees and those going through the vaccination process must still wear a face covering while at work and are subject to discipline, up to and including termination, if found to be unvaccinated and not wearing a mask and unable to maintain social distance.

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Memo from Bill Ermatinger: COVID-19 Vaccine Company Travel Policy

April 29, 9:15 a.m.
To help minimize COVID-19 risk as employees return to work, HII leadership has updated the company’s travel policy. Effective June 1, 2021 (July 6 for Technical Solutions), employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be prohibited from air travel for company business.

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Memo From Bill Ermatinger: Return To Work Safety Policy Update for Corporate Employees

April 23, 2 p.m.
Corporate employees who work in VASCIC should plan to return to the office no later than June 1, and employees who are fully vaccinated (with two weeks past their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks past the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are encouraged to return to the office prior to June 1.

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COVID-19 Transition: NNS to Assess Remote Work Arrangements

April 16, 3:30 p.m.
Susan Jacobs, vice president of Human Resources and Administration, sent a message to employees regarding work from home arrangements. “Over the next several weeks, supervisors will assess job functions that have been performed remotely,” she wrote. “In cases where remote work arrangements have hindered business operations, managers have the discretion and authority to require that shipbuilders return to working onsite. ”

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Memo From Bill Ermatinger: COVID Vaccine Self-Reporting

April 7, 2 p.m.
As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines provides us an offensive tool to reduce the spread of the virus and its impact on our communities, both at home and at work. We ask that you self-report if you received your COVID-19 vaccine in the community.

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Letter from Mike Petters on COVID-19 Vaccines

April 5, 10 a.m.
“I recently received my second COVID-19 vaccine shot at the old Apprentice School gym, in Newport News, Virginia. The process was smooth and efficient, and I was encouraged to see so many other HII employees also getting the vaccine.”

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April 27: Dr. Nehemiah Thrash

Dr. Nehemiah Thrash is a Hospitalist at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. He says, when considering whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s important to understand the risks of not getting a vaccine.

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