COVID-19 Vaccinations

The men and women of Bath Iron Works have a long history of helping others in the community, from volunteer work to gate collections in support of numerous community organizations and causes throughout the state. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked together to respond to this new challenge and support the community around us. We have used face coverings and practiced proper hygiene/handwashing/cleaning and social distancing to reduce the impact of the virus as much as possible here at BIW, and to avoid spreading the virus outside our gates. Our continued vigilance using those tools is crucial.

There is now another new tool available – COVID-19 vaccines.

It is extremely important that we each receive the vaccine in order to keep ourselves, our families and all of Maine safe.

The Maine National Guard (MNG) has arranged to provide the Pfizer brand of vaccinations at Bath Iron Works from May 6 through May 14, with a second dose to follow 21 days afterward. Click here for more information about the Pfizer vaccine.

The work we do every day at BIW is important. Delivering ships to our US Navy customer on schedule supports the defense of our country, our allies, and humanitarian efforts worldwide. For almost a year, COVID-19 has threatened and hindered our ability to deliver to our customer. Now with access to the vaccine, we will soon be able to get past this pandemic and remove a significant roadblock to our work, while protecting the community around us.

Please – learn about the vaccine and get vaccinated. Your fellow shipbuilders, your community and your country are all counting on you.

COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs

Are BIW employees required to take the vaccine?

Taking the vaccine is entirely voluntary. However, BIW employees are strongly encouraged to take the vaccine to protect themselves, their families, their coworkers and our community, to help bring an end to this pandemic.

How can we trust that the vaccines are safe?

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all COVID-19 vaccines that are being used have gone through the same safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines produced through the years. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety, please see the CDC’s website.

You can also learn more about vaccine safety and more through Gulfstream’s video series, which features Dr. Paul Bradley, principal investigator at Meridian Clinical Research, by clicking here.

Which vaccines are available?

We do not know which vaccine will be available when you make an appointment. Currently there are three approved vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective against COVID-19, and are being distributed throughout the country. Other COVID-19 vaccines are still undergoing testing and have not yet been approved for use.

Will I have to get two shots of vaccine?

Not necessarily. Of the three vaccines currently approved for distribution, two are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced a few weeks apart, depending on the type. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection. The third vaccine now available is given as a one shot dose. If you are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them. At the time of your first shot, you will be given an appointment at a later date to come back for your second shot.

Are there side effects from taking the vaccine?

According to the CDC, the vaccines may cause side effects in some people, like sore muscles, feeling tired or mild fever. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed. For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a day or two. Having these types of side effects does NOT mean that you have COVID-19.

Do I have to continue wearing a mask and social distancing after I have taken the vaccine?

Even after you get both vaccine shots, you will need to keep wearing a face covering, social distancing and practicing good hygiene for the time being. For some people, it is possible that the vaccine will help prevent you from getting seriously ill, but not protect you entirely from getting the virus. Right now, experts also don’t know how long the vaccine will protect you, or if you could still transmit the virus to others without getting sick yourself. Not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away, so it’s still important to protect yourself and others.

What if I have been exposed to COVID-19 but am fully vaccinated?

Click here to learn about contact tracing for fully vaccinated personnel.

Resources

  • Learn How to Schedule or Pre-Register for a Vaccine Appointment – Visit Page
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Video Series: Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Bradley – Watch
  • Fact Sheet: 5 Things to Know – View
  • Fact Sheet: Answering Your Questions About the New COVID-19 Vaccines – View
  • Fact Sheet: Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines – View
  • Poster: All of Our Tools – View
  • Website: COVID-19 Vaccines – Visit Site