Vaccines Help Keep You Safe
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.
Walk-in Vaccinations at Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News Shipbuilding is offering COVID-19 vaccines inside the yard with no appointments necessary, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 through Friday, May 7 at the locations below:
- Wednesday, May 5: North Yard CMAF, first floor conference room and break area
- Thursday, May 6: South Yard, Building 6433, third floor HME Room
- Friday, May 7: Mid Yard, Building 4931-1, Assembly Room
Vaccine Appointments at Newport News Shipbuilding
The vaccination site at Newport News Shipbuilding will be open through Friday, May 28. Employees can make appointments by calling the COVID-19 hotline or scheduling online at MyNNS. Dependents of employees who are covered by HII’s Anthem Medical Plan can schedule appointments through QuadMed.
Vaccine Appointments at Ingalls Shipbuilding
Ingalls Shipbuilding employees, dependents 16 and older, contractors and U.S. Navy and Coast Guard customers can schedule vaccines through the Ingalls Connect app on the Ingalls website.
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.
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