Take the shot. Move the needle.

Medical experts and real-world results are clear: vaccination is key to a life with far fewer limits. We encourage all coworkers to make an appointment today. As of April 15, all Californians aged 16+ are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC now recommends the Pfizer vaccine for use in children aged 12-15. If you have any concerns, talk to your healthcare provider. For questions about PG&E policies, expert advice and how to make an appointment, see below.

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PG&E’s Stance on Vaccines


PG&E is not currently mandating vaccinations. We recognize our coworkers have different perspectives about getting vaccinated, and the choice is personal. The company strongly encourages all our employees to get the vaccine as soon as they have the opportunity to do so. Whether an employee has received the vaccine or not, PG&E will continue to require the use of COVID-19 protection procedures, including the use of face coverings, physical distancing and daily wellness checks to provide a safe working environment for all of us.


Feeling anxious about the COVID-19 Vaccine? While the availability of the vaccine is welcome news for many, for some it may stir anxiety about their vaccination decision. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) suggests some helpful ways to manage your worries and make a decision that’s right for you.


Timing and Ways for Getting a Vaccine

 

On April 15, Gov. Newsom announced all Californians age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine. As of May 10, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for use in children aged 12 to 15.

 

To determine your eligibility or the eligibility of a loved one, please register at myturn.ca.gov and fill out the survey. You can also sign up for alerts of when vaccines are available near you or for your demographic. Do not enter your personal information on other sites unless you are sure a vaccination hub is taking online sign-ups.

 

For vaccination information, including coverage and availability, for those covered under PG&E’s Health Account Plan (HAP), visit the respective links below:

 



Best Practices After Receiving a Vaccine/if Traveling

 

After you have been vaccinated, you should receive an official card that tells you which Covid-19 vaccine you were given, the vaccine lot number, and the date you got vaccinated. The card has space for both the first and second vaccinations. Be careful not to lose it and take it with you when you go for your second shot. It is also a good idea to take a picture of the card with your phone or scan it when you get home, so you have a permanent record of it. Note that the Better Business Bureau and others are strongly advising that you DO NOT share your vaccination card on social media to protect your privacy and make it harder for someone to create a fake card. If you want to brag about getting immunized, a picture of you and the “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” sticker will work even better.

 

Updated Information for Travelers

 

The CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

 

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks. Even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

 

If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

 

  • You should continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and getting tested 3-5 days after travel.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

 

For more information on travel guidance, see the Reporting Exposure, Quarantine and Travel Policy page.

When and How to Get Tested


As we enter this next phase of the pandemic response, we have decided not to require employees who are resuming work duties or are currently performing job duties in the field to get a COVID-19 test as a part of the re-entry process.


PG&E will only require testing for employees who are being sequestered. Any other testing should be done at the recommendation of your medical provider. If a provider orders testing for an employee for a medical reason, and the employee is covered by PG&E’s health plan, the cost of COVID-19 testing will be fully covered.


We realize you may want to get tested, despite it not being required for you to return to work, and that is your prerogative. Before getting tested, we recommend that you consult with your doctor to discuss your medical need. There are many vendors, online laboratories and even some counties now offering COVID-19 testing services.


We made the decision not to require testing for those employees who are resuming work duties or are currently performing job duties in the field because of several limiting factors in testing for active COVID-19 virus or antibodies.

Awaiting Test Results and Going in to Work

 

In the time between getting tested and receiving your results, you should not go into work. You should maintain a distance of six feet from others and if you can work remotely, record your time as normal time worked.

 

If you are unable to work and need to request time off, send and email to humanresources@pge.com with your LAN ID, reason for time off (i.e. awaiting test results) and dates you expect to be off. Our Human Resources team will respond to your request within 48 hours. Once approved, record your time as time off with permission with pay.

 

If your situation changes, i.e., you become ill or are diagnosed with COVID-19, alert your leader who will then notify the HR Help Line. If you are ill, record your time as sick leave.