Important COVID-19 & Vaccine Resources for Local 338 Members

Local 338 essential workers have jobs that require you to work closely with the public, so it’s important you have all of the information on how to continue to stay safe. 

Vaccines

The best way to avoid contracting COVID is by getting vaccinated with one of the three proven effective vaccines. If you have questions concerning vaccine safety and effectiveness, we urge you to read the updated info-sheet or check out the NYS Vaccine FAQ Resource 

Most vaccination sites are walk-in accessible, however if you’d like to make an appointment yourself, you can visit:

• New York State:

- covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.

- Through Northwell Health: https://www.northwell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=covid_vaccine_2021&utm_content=covid_vaccine_ny&utm_term=covid__&gclid=CjwKCAjwtJ2FBhAuEiwAIKu19o0JnLJJl-m9CKsl6XnzTY6DItdathc_SVeTzHdD_FmNtIsAH_DjRBoCYhgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds 

• New York City: vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/

• New Jersey: covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder

Getting Tested for COVID

Getting tested for COVID-19 is easier than ever before. If you live in NYC, you can find a testing site by texting “COVID TEST” to 855-48 or by visiting nyc.gov/covidtest. If you live anywhere else in New York State, please call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065 or visit: covid19screening.health.ny.gov. You can also call your union representative to help schedule a COVID testing appointment.

If you live or work in New Jersey, you can access information about testing by visiting: covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing

Accessing Paid Time Off Related to COVID

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or if you’re not feeling well, stay home and speak to your doctor. Your union contract includes paid time off (PTO), so we encourage you to use them if you’re ill or feeling under the weather (please continue to follow your employer’s policies around taking your paid time off).  

* Please note that under New York State law, workers can now access up to 4 hours of PTO to get vaccinated. 

Support for Your Mental & Physical Health

• Working as an essential and frontline worker presents unique challenges. We urge our members to reach out to our Member Assistance Program (MAP) if you’d like to speak about anything on your mind or to help navigate the mental health resources available to you. Click here to learn more: http://local338.org/already-a-member/local338-member-resources/map or call 516-294-1338 ext. 1304

• If you are feeling under the weather, please take advantage of your free health benefits like Teledoc and our Guardian Nurses program.

- For Members of Local 338 who are enrolled in the Health & Welfare Fund, Teladoc gives you access to quality physicians in the palm of your hands—you can speak with an ER or urgent care doctor through your smartphone, tablet or computer. They’re available to you 24 hours a day, almost immediately, and at no cost or co-pay to you. To access the service, you can call 800-Teladoc (835-2362) or:

1- Download the Teladoc app in the app store on your phone or visit Teladoc.com (You will be required to complete a brief medical history)

2- When you need to see a doctor for a consultation, log into your account and click “Request a Consult.”

o Guardian Nurses is a free service which will provide support and coordinate care for you, such as, locating testing/vaccine sites for COVID-19. We have two Guardian Nurses available to assist you: Andrea can be reached at 484-684-0039 and Michelle is available at 718-354-6605.

Navigating Workers Compensation if You Contract COVID-19 at Work

If you become symptomatic or contract and test positive for COVID-19 at work, we encourage you to submit a workers’ compensation claim. Please notify both your employer (within 30 days) and your Union Representative if you test positive or presumed to be positive. We also recommend that you speak to a Workers Compensation attorney at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada who can help you navigate through the process. They can be reached at: 800-416-5454 or 516-496-0400.