Dear Local Officers,
We have reached a pivotal moment in ending the pandemic as just over 50% of Americans have received at least the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. However, as the initial rush to get immunized subsides, there is a significant risk of national immunity flatlining and losing the tremendous progress we have already made. Make no mistake: If we do not have enough folks vaccinated to reach herd immunity, new variants could eventually threaten the live events industry once again. It is paramount that our focus shifts to actively encouraging those who may be hesitant to get the vaccine.
We strongly encourage all local leaders to have a conversation with members about the importance of vaccines and their role in getting us back to work safely and staying there.
Get the facts to help those experiencing vaccine hesitancy here and let them know that every Covid-19 vaccine authorized for use in the United States is safe. Tens of millions of people nationwide have safely received a Covid-19 vaccine, and these vaccines continue to undergo extensive safety monitoring. We can do this. We have come too far to go back.
Matthew D. Loeb
IATSE International President