New York, NY — On Wednesday, Jan. 13, qualified frontline employees of the MTA workforce acquired their initial spherical of coronavirus vaccinations.
An advance MTA memo launched on Monday explained, “The State is setting up 1 of its 1st vaccinations at the Javits Middle, which will open up on Wednesday, and has allocated a select quantity of pictures to the MTA working workforce. Agency sales opportunities will be reaching out and figuring out suitable frontline staff at this Point out distribution internet site.”
Some 126 MTA personnel have been scheduled to get their vaccinations on Wednesday.
TWU Regional 100 inspired its personnel to get vaccinated. In a statement on their site, union leadership claimed, “Local 100 members are now qualified for vaccines from COVID-19. Community 100 insisted that transit workers be given priority standing – and we were being. Your union management urges you to get vaccinated to protect you, your loved ones, your co-workers and your neighborhood. Alongside one another, we can stop the distribute.”
1 of the initial to get the vaccine on Wednesday was Bus Operator Abid Khan. His mom died of COVID 10 days in the past. He is a TWU Regional 100 member, from the Michael J. Quill Depot in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan.
Maria Diaz, a Bus Operator and TWU Regional 100 member in the Downhill Depot in the Bronx, was a further recipient. The 38-yr-old has been on the position for 8 a long time.
“I consider it is really crucial for myself simply because I want to continue to keep doing the job and be safe and sound,” Diaz explained to LaborPress. “I offer with a great deal of folks day-to-day. I have a loved ones at residence. My mom, who is 62, lives with us. [She is not yet eligible for the vaccine.]”
When questioned about the encounter of currently being vaccinated at the Javits Center, Diaz mentioned, “They were being very arranged. Anything was set up. It was incredibly rapid, much less than fifteen minutes I would say.”
Diaz has a abide by-up appointment for her next vaccination on February 3. “They helped us with all of that,” she included. “There were being a good deal of individuals there [but I felt safe].”