COVID-19 Vaccination Update

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Published January 29, 2021

Dear Shipbuilders,
Two weeks ago I shared that Newport News Shipbuilding would have COVID-19 vaccines for our shipbuilders by the end of January. I am happy to announce that while the initial batch we are receiving has limited doses, we will begin the first phase of the vaccination process next week.

The vaccine is in high demand, and like the rest of the country, Virginia and Hampton Roads are experiencing a slow rollout. This impacts the speed at which we are able to vaccinate our workforce. Based on the latest information, we anticipate a limited supply through February, and are hopeful it will increase beyond then.

The order in which we are vaccinating shipbuilders is in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, and I ask that all leadership join us in making sure that anyone who wants to receive the vaccine has the opportunity to do so. We will continue to communicate how we are progressing so that everyone will know when they are scheduled.

Your health is important to us, and we understand that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal decision. If you have questions or concerns related to your personal medical history, talk to your healthcare provider. NNS has provided a list of frequently asked questions about NNS’ vaccination process, and the CDC website is another valuable resource for more medical information.

While getting the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. I urge you to get the vaccine elsewhere if you have the opportunity before enough doses are available to NNS. And remember, it is important that you use the same provider to receive both the first and second doses.

I appreciate your patience as we work to vaccinate shipbuilders safely and efficiently. I want to thank you in advance for taking this important step toward moving our company, our community and our nation forward.

Jennifer Boykin
Newport News Shipbuilding