States across the Midwest are entering Phase 1B of vaccine distribution. Timelines and specific group members differ by state. The CDC has released guidance that outlines front line essential workers as those next in line to receive the vaccine after healthcare workers and long term care facilities. Select your state from the column on the left to view information regarding vaccine availability and registration sites in your area. We are compiling information here as it becomes available. Please check back often for updates.
Note - The website registries can time out, especially as appointments become available. As appointments become available, they go quickly. Be persistent and check back often for availability.
Alpha Baking is encouraging our employees to speak with their physician and get vaccinated against COVID 19. Here are some vaccine FAQs to educate yourself on the vaccine:
Once vaccinated, can I disregard other mitigation measures?
Short answer, NO. Employees will still be required to wear multi-layered masks, per company policy. Masks, social distancing and frequent washing of hands will still be our best defense against the virus. First, both vaccines currently authorized require two shots over a period of time to reach full efficacy. Second, it is not currently known if the vaccine would preclude one from becoming infected and infecting others with COVID 19. As such, mitigation measures will remain in place, as will work from home, until federal, state and local health agencies make a determination otherwise.
Will Alpha Baking Company be mandating that employees be vaccinated?
No, Alpha Baking will not be mandating the vaccine for employees, however, we encourage our employees to consult their physicians and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their co-workers and families.
Is the vaccine safe and effective?
Results of double blind studies for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines (the two vaccines currently available within the United States) indicate 95% and 94.5% efficacy rates, respectively. These studies involved 74,000 people, and panels of experts from the FDA, CDC and other independent government agencies around the world have deemed the vaccines to be not only highly efficacious, but also safe. As with any medical procedure, you should contact your doctor to ensure this vaccine is right for you, especially if you have known allergies.
CDC Vaccine Info - English
CDC Vaccine Info - Spanish
When will the vaccine be available to our industry in our geographic area?
Alpha Baking has communications out to individuals at all levels, and will be updating information here as it becomes available and evolves. Much like the early days of the pandemic, when testing was in short supply and difficult to come by, we are now in the same place when it comes to vaccines. The initial rollout will be complicated and confusing, but we will endeavor to work with state, local and private entities to get the best information to and advocate for our employees.
Additional resources are available on the CDC Vaccine Website.
Are there known side-effects?
As with any shot, there is some discomfort at the injection site, and some individuals have symptoms similar to a mild flu (which may indicate that your body’s immune system has been activated and working). Those side-effects typically disappear after 24-48 hours. For more information from the CDC on side effects:
CDC Side Effects Info
CDC FAQ Sheet