Effective immediately, the COVID vaccine will no longer be a requirement to enter a hiring hall or to attend classes at the Paul Hall Center. Apprentices are, however, still required to be vaccinated in order to be assigned to apprentice positions. If anyone else is not fully vaccinated (meaning the original vaccines and any available booster shots), either by choice or by an approved medical or religious exemption, you are required to be masked at all times while indoors on the properties.
In a memo to SIU vice presidents and the halls, SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel wrote, “We still strongly recommend and encourage all members to be fully protected from the virus.” He noted that while the vaccines don’t provide complete immunity, they have “been consistently shown to lessen the effects of the illness and keep us out of the hospital or worse. With that in mind, we will continue to provide benefits for the COVID vaccine(s) and booster vaccine(s).”
For more information, Seafarers are encouraged to contact their respective port agents.