Important Information for Ingalls Shipbuilding Employees
If you test positive at an offsite location and not at our onsite testing facility, contact Ingalls Medical at 228- 935-1922. You will need to provide a copy of your test results and a copy of your vaccination record in order to qualify and, if eligible, receive quarantine pay.
In response to the current wave of positive cases of the Omicron variant, Ingalls Shipbuilding employees, vaccinated or not, should wear a mask when indoors and when social distancing is not feasible.
COVID-19 rapid testing is offered for employees and dependents onsite at the Ingalls COVID-19 Testing Center, located on the west side of Jerry St. Pe’ Highway, Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rapid test results will be received within 15-30 minutes.
Questions regarding these or any coronavirus-related matters can be directed to [email protected].
Important information for Newport News Shipbuilding Employees
The Newport News Shipbuilding COVID-19 hotline is 1-844-243-8749. The NNS COVID-19 Test Center will continue to operate on regular hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, we understand that the NNS revised mask policy has prompted questions. As a reminder:
- Masks must be worn in indoor settings, including all covered facilities, vehicles and while in transit.
- Employees may remove their masks when the employee is alone.
- This policy applies to all employees, regardless of vaccination status and the ability to social distance.
While the phrase “when the employee is alone” can be open to interpretation, we ask that you err on the side of caution and wear a mask. Keep in mind this policy will be reassessed on Feb. 1. Here are some commonly asked questions regarding the new policy.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask while I’m working in a cubicle by myself?
Yes. You must wear a mask when working in a cubicle.
Q: If I’m indoors and able to social distance, do I still have to wear a mask?
Yes. This temporary policy is in place regardless of vaccination status and the ability to social distance.
Q: If I’m walking alone in the hallway do I have to wear a mask?
Yes. Masks must be worn in indoor settings, including all covered facilities, vehicles and while in transit.
Important information for Technical Solutions Employees
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its recommendations to allow for an end to isolation after five days for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Technical Solutions will follow the CDC’s lead, approving employees to return to work after five days of isolation. After five days of isolation—if symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications—affected employees may return to work and are required to wear masks for another five days. After five days of isolation and an additional five days of masking, employees can return to the standard Technical Solutions COVID-19 controls that apply to all employees.
As a reminder: All employees are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated.
Please refer to the following CDC link for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html#closecontact.
Please note: Currently, all employees who live or work in an area of “high” or “substantial” community transmission (as noted on the CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated County View) are required to wear masks while in public, indoor areas of Technical Solutions’ facilities—regardless of their vaccination status.
Questions can be directed to Technical Solutions’ COVID-19 Response Team at [email protected]
COVID-19 Vaccines: Mayor McKinley Price
As a dentist, Newport News, Virginia, Mayor McKinley Price can administer COVID-19 vaccinations. He has volunteered at area clinics to get people vaccinated to help stop the spread and keep people safe. In this video he talks about the importance of taking the vaccine.
HII and its divisions strongly urge employees to schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Doing so is one more preventative measure you can take – along with social distancing and wearing masks in public – to help combat the virus.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Lee Bond
Lee Bond, CEO of Singing River Health System, explains why getting the COVID-19 vaccine is vital to your health and to the safety of your community.
Dr. Charles McRaney
Dr. Charles McRaney, Chief Medical Officer for Ingalls Shipbuilding talks about the importance of getting vaccinated to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and highly contagious variants.
Dr. Belinda Alexander is a physician practicing at Memorial Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi. She says COVID-19 vaccines are safe — and she got vaccinated on television to prove it to her patients.
Focus NNS: COVID-19 Vaccines
Hear Drs. Apostoles and Subramaniam discuss the approved COVID-19 vaccines and the benefits of being vaccinated.
Message From Mike Petters
April 5, 2021
Dear HII employees:
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.
I strongly recommend that all of you, if you are able, get the vaccination. While I received both vaccines at Newport News, you may find that visiting a local pharmacy or vaccination clinic is a better option for you. It doesn’t matter where you get it. It does matter that you get it.
Choosing to receive the vaccine can be a very personal decision, and it’s one you should weigh with your families, teammates and communities in mind. At HII, we rely on each and every employee to do the hard stuff right, and we are all in this together. By getting vaccinated, we are reducing the chance for the virus to spread from person to person in our families, in our places of work and in our communities. The vaccine represents the first opportunity we’ve been able to leverage as an offensive tool to effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
I recognize that the past year has been difficult, but becoming vaccinated brings us closer to controlling this virus and reducing the impact of it on our lives and our communities, both from an emotional and an economic standpoint. Even with the vaccination, it’s important to follow CDC guidelines such as wearing masks in public places and continuing to social distance where it’s possible. I am very proud of the work you’ve continued to do, and do well, throughout this difficult time.
What types of COVID-19 vaccines have been approved?
Three COVID-19 vaccines are currently available in the United States. Vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna both require two shots, administered several weeks apart to be fully effective. A third, made by Johnson & Johnson, was approved by the CDC on Feb. 28. It requires just a single dose.
When will it be my turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Each state has its own plan for deciding which groups of people will be vaccinated first. You can contact your state health department for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.
Has the COVID-19 vaccine been properly tested?
All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different races, ethnicities, and ages, including adults over the age of 65. There were no serious safety concerns.
Is it safe to get a vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?
People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines provided they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
Will there be side effects if I get vaccinated?
Yes, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects should go away in a few days. If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
Why should I get vaccinated?
All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Health experts also believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. And getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If I get two shots of the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask in public?
Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that you wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Can I get a vaccine while I am currently sick with COVID-19?
No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.
If I have already have COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way.
What is the V-safe app?
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. More information about the app can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html.
Which lasts longer, immunity after getting COVID-19 or protection from COVID-19 vaccines?
Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
How quickly do I need to get the second COVID-19 shot?
It depends on the type of vaccination you receive. For the vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech, the second shot is supposed to be after three weeks. For Moderna, it’s four weeks. You should get some degree of protection within two weeks of the first shot, with the second shot bringing about the vaccine’s full protection. The healthcare professional administering your first shot will let you know when it’s time to get the second one.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine works on new variants?
So far, studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize variants. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway.
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Based on current knowledge, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration