January 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available to Home Care Workers
Home care workers can be vaccinated against COVID-19 at sites throughout New York City and New York State. Most vaccination sites require an appointment, and those getting vaccinated must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form, bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub. For more information and to schedule an appointment, your 1199SEIU employees and members may visit one of these websites:

In New York City: 1199SEIUBenefits.org/get-vac 
In New York State: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

If members need assistance in completing the vaccine form, they may contact their employer or their Outreach Coordinator, using the information listed below.


(Lana) Svetlana

(347) 752-7310



Irina Ellis

(646) 261-0312



Jessica Zou

(347) 498-4270



(Connie) Ying Liu

(646) 584-5626




Nancy C. Polanco

(347) 886-3523


Mayra Bonilla

(917) 675-0744


Evelyn Morales

(917) 846-9850

Benefit Funds Educate 1199SEIU Members on COVID-19 Vaccines
As the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered to frontline healthcare workers, the Benefit Funds, together with the Union, are keeping your 1199SEIU employees and members informed in support of the vaccination efforts. The Benefit Funds have created a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ, in multiple languages, on their website, which addresses common concerns and is updated regularly. Members may also email questions to the Benefit Funds' Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Van H. Dunn, at HealthyLiving@1199Funds.organd the Benefit Funds are including information about the vaccines' safety, effectiveness and approval process in the Winter issue of the For Your Benefit member magazine.

In addition, the Union has been conducting Tele-Town Halls, and Dr. Dunn has been hosting webinars to answer questions about the vaccine.
Home Care Industry Education Fund to Launch New In-Service Training System
The 1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund (HCIEF) is developing a new learning management system for employers to deliver required in-service training remotely for home care workers. Over the past several weeks, HCIEF staff met with seven vendors to identify those who can provide a platform that would accommodate both self-directed and instructor-led courses via smart phones, tablets or computers. Course content must be user-friendly, culturally relevant, available in multiple languages and meet New York State requirements for annual in-service training. In addition, vendors should provide volume discounts for 1199SEIU employers and ongoing tech support for system users. A committee composed of HCIEF staff and labor-management representatives is currently reviewing vendor proposals. On January 28, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the HCIEF will host a meeting to share a plan for the rollout of the learning management system, which will include employers contracting with HCIEF for the system, reviewing the required agreements for payment and information security, and establishing schedules to train administrative staff on the new system. For more information, contact Faith Wiggins at Faith.Wiggins@1199Funds.org.
In This Issue
COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available to Home Care Workers
Benefit Funds Educate 1199SEIU Members on COVID-19 Vaccines
Home Care Industry Education Fund to Launch New In-Service Training System

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