4 Reasons Construction Workers Need to Get Vaccinated ASAP
Though most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild effects, the effects of COVID-19 are so variable that regardless of if you have a mild case or no symptoms at all, it’s important for your well-being to get vaccinated.
Here are 4 reasons construction workers need to get vaccinated right away.
1. You’re asymptomatic
25% of those who are asymptomatic when they are tested for COVID-19 will develop symptoms. That’s a gamble you don’t need to take because not only are you risking your health, your risking the health of your co-workers. This can result in site shutdowns which can lead to layoffs.
Vaccination helps lower that risk and reduces the chances of you ever having to experience any symptoms of COVID-19 – mild or serious.
2. You have mild symptoms of COVID-19
Mild symptoms can include any of the typical symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fatigue, or loss of taste or smell. People with a mild case don’t experience shortness of breath or abnormal chest imaging. However, mild cases can have long-term effects.
That means that if you have mild symptoms, there’s a chance you can continue to experience those symptoms (shortness of breath while walking, persistent fatigue, etc.) long after COVID is no longer detectable in your body. In fact, 33% of people with COVID-19 continued to experience symptoms as long as 9 months after infection (Journal of American Medical Association, 2021).
3. You have had or currently have a habit of smoking
Often smokers have seriously damaged lungs and heart health. If you smoke you’re more likely to need hospitalization and a ventilator because of the inherent health problems associated with smoking.
4. You have underlying health conditions
It’s no secret that a strong immune system is your best defence against COVID-19. However, for many vaccinations have to step up where immune systems can’t fight. If you live with any of the conditions below, it is scientifically proven that your risk of contracting severe illness from COVID-19 is significantly increased. If you have a health condition not listed, keep in mind that biomedical research changes regularly, and you may still be at an increased risk of severe illness.
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies)
- Smoking (current and former)
If you’re ready to receive your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can do so now with ease. We’ve partnered with the BC Public Health Office and the BCCA and its partners to organize construction fast lanes at select vaccination centers around the province on specified dates throughout July.
No registration or appointment is needed. Just show up in your construction gear or some other form of construction ID at one of the fast lane locations on the dates specified. Government ID and Personal Health Number are not essential but are recommended to get you through even faster.
*First dose only, wear your hard hat or bring your site access card or other construction ID.
Visit https://www.bccassn.com/fast-lane/ for locations and dates.