What is IBEW 1245’s position on the COVID-19 vaccine?
The union understands that our membership may have mixed feelings about the vaccine. Local 1245 respects each and every union member’s right to make their own decisions about whether to take the vaccine. All currently available data indicates that widespread vaccination is in the best interest of our membership, our customers, and our communities.
When will utility and energy workers be eligible to get the vaccine?
In California, members who are 65 and older would be eligible for the vaccine now, under Phase 1B. Additionally, as of February 23, members who are military veterans may access the vaccine through the Veterans Administration. Visit the website or call 800-382-8387 for more information.
Currently, energy workers under the age of 65 fall under Phase 1C of California’s vaccination plan, but IBEW 1245 has been aggressively advocating for our members who want the vaccine to have the opportunity to receive it as soon as possible. We have been working with PG&E and the counties (which have been responsible for distributing the vaccine up to this point) to get any extra doses to our members who want them, with priority given to workers in the field who have frequent close contact with the public. Californians can visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to determine vaccine eligibility.
Will my employer require me to be vaccinated?
IBEW 1245 has been in contact with all signatory employers to discuss the potential for mandatory vaccines. At this time, none of our employers are requiring the vaccine. Should that change, Local 1245 will respond accordingly.
How safe and effective is the vaccine, really?
All studies indicate that the vaccine is both effective and safe. The CDC is the best source for evidence-based information about the vaccine.