Your generous support is needed TODAY to help vaccinate essential workers and accelerate policy change.
Even with the increased rate of vaccine distribution, COVID-19 is still a massive crisis, particularly for at risk workers. These are the people who are most vulnerable to exposure on the job, and have the least access to the vaccine. Both of these risks underlie the massive racial disparities in both death and illness, and disparities in vaccine delivery.
Covid Straight Talk (CST) plays a key role in addressing this crisis. COVID Straight Talk was launched as an emergency response to the pandemic. By developing a bi-lingual COVID-19 public health campaign with comprehensive messaging around "GET M.A.D." (Mask, Air, and Distance) we helped raise awareness around the transmissibility of COVID-19 in the air. In both the vaccine roll out and work exposure, we bring together a network of scientists, labor organizations and communication designers to: accelerate policy change for workplace safety, support workers in accessing the vaccine, and continue to directly reduce risks in the workplace.
Accelerating policy change:
CST is a crucial member of several national and local coalitions that have set new standards around air ventilation, and to ensure that workers are able to participate in building safe workplaces. It is critical that voices like ours are part of these discussions to ensure that workplace standards on air-ventilation are ground-breaking and enforceable. Even as risk is declining, these standards will be key in ending exposure on the job, and protecting against future pandemics.
Vaccine roll out:
Vaccine access is a workplace safety issue. With our scientist and worker advocates continuing to lead the way, CST is pivoting to a public education campaign around vaccine access. In robust partnership with workers, we are creating resources and materials to reach at risk workers in compelling and clear ways, and tapping social media and communications resources that are a key value add to the spaces we are part of.
Making workplaces safe:
As we are all acutely aware of, workplaces continue to be hazardous for workers. We are developing a robust checklist for workers to make use of in negotiation with their employers to ensure that their risks are reduced.
With people returning to indoor environments for work and school, NOW is the time to invest in public health education and outreach. Your support today can have an outsized impact on reducing risk and saving lives.