Update on COVID Vaccinations in Cook County

Cook County is currently in Phase 1B of the State of Illinois Vaccination Plan, which includes manufacturing employees. The vaccine supply is limited, and it has been difficult to get an appointment. To register to be notified of vaccine availability, please go to https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/. When you go for a vaccine, you will need to provide proof of your priority group eligibility. Letters with pay statements were recently distributed to our employees.

Please visit the Cook County website (https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/) periodically for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, and please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing.

Vaccination for 1B Essential Workers

Employees have been asking about when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to them. Manufacturing employees are considered “essential workers” and are in Category 1B, along with 3.2 million other Illinois citizens. Beginning January 25, Illinois National Guard-led sites will begin vaccinating residents eligible under Phase 1B, which includes manufacturing, as well as sites at CVS, Jewel-Osco and Walgreens. Vaccines may be available from your doctor as well. All of those vaccination sites will be appointment only, and residents are asked NOT to line up at stores or to call their local pharmacies. Before Phase 1B begins, the state will launch the Illinois COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Plan website to give residents information on finding a nearby vaccination site and how to make an appointment.

We will provide updates as soon as we have more information.

If you live in Cook County, you can sign up for vaccine updates at https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/
Chicago residents can register at https://covidcoach.chicago.gov/

Enter Beneficiary Info for 401(k)

In the event of your death, benefits from your 401(k) would be paid according to Plan rules, which might be different from what you would choose. Please take a few moments today to name your beneficiaries.

To navigate to your beneficiary designations online:
1. Log on to www.netbenefits.com.
2. Click the Your Profile link.
3. Select Beneficiaries and follow the online instructions.

Once you have completed your beneficiary designations, you will be able to view them on NetBenefits®. Please be sure to review your choices regularly and update them after certain life events, such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a child, or a death in the family.

If you have questions, please call the Fidelity Retirement Benefits Line at 800-835-5097, Monday through Friday (excluding New York Stock Exchange holidays), from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, to speak to a Fidelity representative.

Employees Test Positive 12/16

We have been informed by two employees that they have tested positive for the COVID-19.

The first is an employee in Load Test, 1st shift. This employee was last in the plant on December 11. The second is an employee in 4-Slide, 2nd shift. This employee’s last day at work was December 15. All employees who had potential close contact with these employees have been notified.

Please continue to be vigilant, and wear a mask at all times in the plant.

We want to take this opportunity to remind you that one of our core values as a company is respect for and among our employees. We will treat information regarding the identity of employees with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as confidential to the extent practicable and will comply with applicable laws regarding the handling of such information. Further, per Company policy, we will not tolerate harassment of, or discrimination or retaliation against, employees.

Please contact Nancy Hopkins at nhopkins@dudek-bock.com if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at:
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

For the location of testing facilities, see https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

You may want to call your personal physician for recommendations for testing, or if you want to go to a testing facility that requires a doctor’s order. The COVID 19 Hotline Phone number is 1-800-889-3931.

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