As I write this, two vaccines have been approved and are being distributed to our brave health care workers, nursing home residents, and other vulnerable Americans. Soon, we will all be able to get vaccinated and we can see a clear path to defeating this virus and getting back to our normal lives. This is an amazing accomplishment. However, the vaccines are not a “magic bullet” and will take some time to become effective so we need to remain committed to the safety precautions we have
been following these last 10 months, and you need to continue to be vigilant in your private lives. Your hard work and dedication are the reason we have been so successful in getting through this difficult time. Now is the time we need to stay focused so that by spring or early summer, this is finally behind us.
I encourage all of you to get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you. Although the vaccine was done in record time, and despite what you might have read or heard, this was the result of the greatest government and private industry effort in history; not the cutting of any safety corners. I am completely confident in the safety of the vaccines and intend to get vaccinated myself as soon
as possible. If you are enrolled in our health insurance plan, the cost will be covered 100%. If you are not enrolled in our plan or otherwise do not have access to the vaccine at no cost, contact your supervisor and we will see what options are available for you.
Christmas and New Years
Me and my family want to wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Christmas especially is a very important holiday in our family, as I know it is for many of you. Just like Thanksgiving, this Christmas is going to be different, but it is still Christmas and a
time for hope and joy. And, while I suspect New Year’s Eve is going to be very different for many of you, I for one am going to happily cheer the end of 2020 from the comfort of my home!
The holidays over the next few weeks and getting through a couple months of winter on “lock down” are going to be critical to your success in protecting yourself, your co-workers, and your families. Many people ignored guidelines for group gatherings and social distancing measures over
the Thanksgiving weekend with disastrous results. Be the leader by example in your circle of friends and family and make sure those around you do what they need to do to remain safe.
My thanks to all of you for everything you have done. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy some well-deserved time off.
- Joseph F. Schieszler, Jr., CEO