The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and construction industry partners are organizing the COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction, April 19-23 to encourage construction professionals to do their part to help the country end the pandemic and return to normal.
Working with members of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), NAHB has compiled CDC resources that home builders can share with their workers and trade partners to learn more about the effectiveness and availability of COVID-19 vaccines in their area.
"We are seeing light at the end of this very long tunnel," said NAHB chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Florida. "In order to achieve true herd immunity in every community across the country, residential construction professionals need to get vaccinated and prepare for a very busy summer."
The CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) asked NAHB for help in reaching out to residential construction professionals to help meet the CDC goal of getting every eligible American vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. NAHB supports the CDC's efforts and encourages all home builders to participate in Vaccine Awareness Week.
NAHB is asking home builders to set aside a few minutes during the week of April 19 to share resources with their workers and trade contractors about COVID-19 vaccination. NAHB created a toolbox talk builders may use to talk to their workers and others on the jobsite. NAHB also is sharing CDC resources about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, why it is important to get vaccinated, where to find vaccines in your area, and what you can do once you get vaccinated.
In addition to the CDC resources and NAHB toolbox talk, NIOSH has agreed to host a vaccine awareness webinar Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. ET specifically for members of the CISC. NIOSH medical experts will provide information on the current COVID-19 vaccines, the rollout of vaccines to construction workers, and address any questions.
Vaccine resources and more information about the initiative may be found at https://www.nahb.org/advocacy/industry-issues/safety-and-health/covid-19-vaccine-awareness-week-in-construction. The NAHB toolbox talk can be found at https://www.nahb.org/-/media/NAHB/advocacy/docs/industry-issues/safety/vaccine-toolbox-talk.pdf.