Conference Offers Info for Smallpox Response Teams

A conference will be held Saturday, March 8 in New York to inform emergency response volunteers what they need to know to make an informed decision about serving on a smallpox response team.

The conference will include information about:

  • Smallpox: the disease, the vaccine, its history and the current threat
  • What the Smallpox Preparedness Plan is for New York
  • What workers and their unions are saying about the plan
  • Emergency response planning beyond smallpox

Representatives from governmental agencies and both public and private hospitals have been invited.

The free conference will be held at the offices of District Council 37, AFSCME, 125 Barclay Street, Manhattan, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sponsors include the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH); AFSCME, District Council 37, Locals 371, 375, 420, 436, 768, 2507 and 3621; the Committee of Interns and Residents, SEIU; the Communications Workers of America, District 1; the Federation of Nurses/UFT; New York City Central Labor Council; the New York Health & Human Services Union, 1199, SEIU; the New York State Nurses Association; the New York State Public Employees Federation; and the Organization of Staff Analysts.

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