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SWANA urges all solid waste employees to get vaccinated

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SWANA urges all solid waste workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is urging all solid waste workers in the private and public sectors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and to get booster shots as they become available. As essential workers, it is critical for all employees in the solid waste industry to be vaccinated.

"Far too many people in the United States and Canada have died from the virus, and in the wake of the FDA's approval of the Pfizer vaccine and with a similar approval for Moderna expected shortly, SWANA calls on solid waste employees who are not vaccinated to protect themselves, their co-workers, and their families," said David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director and CEO.

Biderman recently spoke at the SWANA Region 6 conference in Roanoke, Virginia about COVID-19 and other topics, and several attendees mentioned that family members were receiving the vaccine in response to the FDA's recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

"SWANA partnered with Glad to distribute money to solid waste employees and their families affected by COVID-19, was selected by the federal government to distribute more than 2 million masks to the solid waste industry, and advocated at the national and state levels for solid waste workers to be prioritized for the vaccines in early 2021," stated Brenda Haney, SWANA President. 

Some of the FEMA masks were made available to attendees at the recent SWANA Region 6 conference and will be available to WASTECON participants.

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