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Vaccines

[Updated 3.31.21]

There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines that the FDA has authorized for use in the U.S. These vaccines and others have also been authorized for use in countries outside of the U.S.

When your vaccination appointment is during work hours.

As COVID-19 vaccination appointments become available, employees should attempt to plan vaccination appointments outside of their work schedule. However, given the limited access to COVID-19 vaccines at the current time, we recognize that some V Teamers may receive an appointment that conflicts with their work schedule.

With that in mind, Verizon employees who need time off from work to attend their COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be able to request the time they need (up to 4 hours paid) to get the first dose and then again request the time they need (up to 4 hours paid) for vaccines requiring a second dose.

In advance of their scheduled vaccination appointment, employees will work with their supervisors, or resource management teams where applicable, who will make every effort to allow employees to take the time they reasonably request (up to 4 hours) to attend their own vaccination appointments, consistent with the needs of the business. Employees who use this time may be asked to provide documentation of their vaccination appointment.

Please note, this only applies to employees who have appointments to be vaccinated that conflict with their work schedules. If an employee wants to take time away from work to assist a family member with a COVID-19 vaccination, they can follow the normal process in their workgroup to request time off.

In the event any law, regulation, or policy provides paid time to receive vaccinations, we will of course comply, and the paid vaccination time available under this program will coordinate so as not to be duplicative.

We anticipate that later in 2021, COVID-19 vaccines will be more readily available and vaccination sites will be more prevalent, so employees generally will not need time away from work to get vaccinated. As that occurs in different areas, we will discontinue paid COVID-19 vaccination time and encourage everyone who has not already been vaccinated to do so outside of their work schedule or use other available paid time off, such as personal days.

Continue to practice safety precautions.

It's important to remember that as officials work to broaden access to vaccines, case rates remain high worldwide. We must stay vigilant when it comes to following safety protocols and procedures, like wearing face coverings and social distancing. Since each state and country is handling the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines differently, employees should follow local and state guidelines to make sure they have the latest information.

Your one-stop vaccine information hub.

Having access to trustworthy, transparent and reliable information about vaccines is key to making the best decision for you and your family members.

This guide provides you with answers to questions and concerns about things like:

  • The science behind vaccines (their safety, efficacy, effectiveness, side effects, etc.)
  • Health considerations (benefits, risks, nursing/pregnancy implications, etc.)
  • Government regulation and the Verizon policy (requirements, availability, cost, etc.)

Click through to the Learning Portal for more!

Citizen Verizon in action, for citizens everywhere.

As partners with the Ad Council's COVID-19 Awareness Campaign, the Health Action Alliance, and Global Citizen we encourage people to access accurate information, facts and data about COVID-19 vaccines to make the most informed decision for their personal well-being. This starts with providing transparent information and investing in educating our communities in an equitable and inclusive way.

Here are some resources with additional information about the COVID-19 vaccines and how we are supporting global COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Getting tested

[Updated 3.92.21]

Looking for a coronavirus testing site in the U.S.? These testing resources provide you with information on what steps you need to take if you believe you require testing and to locate a testing site in your area. Please make sure you contact your health care provider prior to visiting the testing site.

  • Anthem Test Site Finder provides you with search capabilities by zip code, identifies drive-through centers as well as rapid test availability.

  • UnitedHealthcare Test Finder allows you to search by zip code and identifies available testing locations via a map display along with location-specific details.

  • CVS COVID-19 Testing resource provides you with testing availability by state, a questionnaire to determine your eligibility, a search capability by zip code and a registration process for your appointment.

  • Walgreens Contactless COVID-19 Testing resource allows you to search testing centers by location and type of testing, provides search results with a map view and a quick screening survey to schedule a test.

If you work outside your home and have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, Verizon has partnered with CVS to provide COVID-19 testing in a manner that will have your test results shared directly with Verizon. Access the Employer-Sponsored CVS COVID-19 Testing resource to learn more.

Report exposure, symptoms, or a positive test. Use the reporting links on the employee page to report exposure, symptoms or a positive test for employees or contractors.

 

Crisis Management

Regional Crisis Management Teams in our APAC and EMEA regions have been activated since the outbreak emerged. In addition, Corporate Security has been participating in U.S. State Department and CDC updates, and EHS is attending business forums where Fortune 50 companies are sharing best practice information about responding to the outbreak.

Monitoring

A cross-functional team is continuously monitoring information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as tracking news reports and governmental policies in all areas where Verizon has operations and conducts business. The team is keeping executive leadership up to date. The company is taking into account the recommendations of the WHO, CDC and other national health authorities.

Government guidance

[New 4.1.20]

Our highest priorities are the health and safety of our employees. We understand that many local, state, and national government agencies are introducing protocols and recommendations to limit the exposure of COVID-19. We are in constant contact with officials to make sure our policies align with any new and emerging information and that we are compliant with all current directives.

State of emergency declarations

Why have some of the impacted states in the U.S. declare a state of emergency? It's all about preparedness. A state of emergency declaration, available to all state governments, allows officials to "unlock" additional resources such as funding, workers, and materials, in advance of an emergency. It also enables all levels of government to work together to ensure communities receive the assistance they need to respond to and recover from an emergency. Many states have granted state health officers the authority to declare public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks.

State Executive Orders

[Updated 11.19.20]

Verizon continuously monitors and reviews all government COVID-19 directives. In most cases, Verizon is already exceeding newly issued requirements, and will take additional actions to comply, if needed.

Certain jurisdictions have issued orders directing people arriving from certain areas to self-quarantine, under certain circumstances. We expect all employees to comply with self-quarantine directives. During your quarantine, you should work from home. If you are unable to work from home, notify your supervisor.

  • If you are unable to work from home and you traveled to a restricted area before a relevant directive went into effect, you will be paid during your quarantine.
  • If you are unable to work from home, and you traveled to a restricted area after the relevant directive went into effect, you will not be paid during your quarantine period, except to the extent you use vacation or personal time.

Notification escalations

[Updated 5.18.20]

In the event an individual is diagnosed with a confirmed case of coronavirus and recently had exposure to the workplace or coworkers, the Crisis Management Team has developed a series of protocols that are immediately activated. This includes, where appropriate:

  • Sanitizing the facility in accordance with the latest recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and local health authorities.
  • Deploying proactive measures like notifying colleagues who we believe were in close proximity to the individual and providing instructions on self-quarantine procedures.

Please speak with your supervisor if you have any questions about the protocols in place to keep you safe.

Facilities

[Updated 5.18.20]

Global Real Estate has increased its cleaning levels. Cleaning solutions approved by the EPA and recommended by the CDC are being used to provide a clean and safe work environment for employees. Surfaces and commonly touched areas are being wiped down as part of the effort to clean and sanitize the retail stores, office workspaces, garages and other people spaces.

Food services

[Updated 10.13.20]

All food services will remain closed until further notice due to limited employee presence in buildings. As employee presence increases, a list with open food services will be available.

Contractors

[New 10.7.20]

Starting October 12, Time & Materials (T&M) contractors must use the Return to Office (RTO) tool, currently utilized by Verizon employees to complete certification, whenever they work outside their homes at a Verizon worksite or another location for Verizon work.

  • This process applies to Time & Materials (T&M) contractors who are procured via our Managed Service Provider, Tapfin, and report their time via Fieldglass.

  • Professional Statement of Work (SOW) contractors should follow the visitor process via the VZ Check-In tool, which requires a Verizon host to pre-register their SOW contractor(s) in advance of their visit. Please note, the visitor process is only available in the U.S.; an international process will be rolled out shortly.

  • Other SOW contractors (e.g., trade/infrastructure support such as maintenance, construction, network support, etc.) should continue to follow their supplier guidance as communicated by Verizon Corporate Sourcing.

Mandatory training.
The mandatory Return to Office training must be completed before using the RTO tool.

Accessing the RTO tool.
T&M contractors can access the RTO tool:

  • From a welcome and/or reminder messages from the RTO tool

  • From their laptop on VZWeb while connected to the Verizon VPN

  • On their Verizon-issued mobile device through the Verizon@Work app while connected to the Verizon VPN using Pulse Secure
  • And on their personal laptop or mobile device through the link in their reminder email or text message (not available internationally) using multi-factor authentication, including their SSO credentials

Rotating office access.
Most of the T&M contractors will access Verizon sites through a phased approach, leveraging a rotating schedule. This is to respect safety measures such as physical distancing and adhering to reduced occupancy requirements. To facilitate this, workers have been randomly assigned a letter group: Group A, B C or D, coinciding with specific weeks during the month. Each group will typically have access to the office for one week per month. T&M contractors can enter a building only on their designated week. They can view group assignments on the RTO tool and access the weekly rotating calendar on the COVID-19 resource page.

While working outside of home is not mandatory, T&M contractors will still be assigned a group and receive notifications from the RTO tool, whether or not they plan to return to a Verizon work location at this time.

Additional information.

Visitors

[Updated 11.2.20]

The health and well-being of our V Teamers, partners and customers remain our top priority. Access to Verizon facilities by visitors is limited to business-critical needs only.

The first option for meetings with customers, business partners, vendors, etc., is virtual. Face-to-face visits should be the exception and must be limited to those needs which cannot be addressed virtually.

New global process.
As of November, the visitor process has been expanded globally.

Visitors are defined as:

  • Customers (other than at Verizon retail locations)
  • Clients
  • Consultants
  • Job applicants and new hires
  • Professional Statement of Work (SOW) contractors
  • Other business-critical vendors, e.g., prospective customers, strategic business partners

Time & Materials (T&M) contractors who are procured via our Managed Service Provider, Tapfin, and report their time via Fieldglass should follow the current contractor process.

Other SOW contractors (e.g., trade/infrastructure support such as maintenance, construction, network support, etc.) should continue to follow their supplier guidance as communicated by Verizon Corporate Sourcing.

For visits related to business-critical needs, visitors to Verizon facilities must be registered and are required to complete an online COVID-19 related certification that includes a temperature check prior to arriving at our locations. This is to ensure they adhere to Verizon safety protocols and local guidelines. It’s a three-step process that includes:

  1. Registration. Employees are required to register all their visitors via the VZ Check-In tool.

  2. Certification. Upon registration, the system will automatically send the COVID-19 related certification to the visitors for completion on their scheduled visit day.

  3. Arrival. Upon successful certification, the visitor receives a QR code authorizing them to enter the Verizon facility. In buildings where there is a kiosk available, the visitor will be instructed to scan the QR code at the kiosk. In locations without kiosks, visitors will follow local access procedures.

Review the visitor pre-arrival guide to prepare for your visitors. Please direct questions to rtosupport@verizon.com with a subject line of VZ Check-In.

Visitors who do not successfully complete the online COVID-19 related certification or do not follow the VZ Check-In process will be denied access to Verizon facilities. Visitors are expected to follow our on-site safety protocols while on Verizon premises.

Visitors who experience any COVID-19-related symptoms or receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis (within 72 hours of their visit) should notify their host immediately. The host mustemail the Visitor Care Team at the address below to initiate any appropriate facility closing/cleaning, communications to and quarantining of individuals:

Stores: How do I know if a store is still open?

[Updated 5.18.20]

Our top priorities are the health and safety of our employees. We will continue to gradually reopen stores based on customer demand. Any store that is open will adhere to our current Touchless Retail protocols, like social distancing, one-to-one employee/customer ratio, and face coverings for both employees and customers.  We will continue to evolve these protocols as appropriate. As more stores are ready to reopen, V Teamers in retail will receive further instructions and timing from their managers. Customers can always see an up-to-date listing of their local store hours/locations by visiting: https://www.verizon.com/stores.

Please know that we are available 24/7 to help our customers online at www.verizonwireless.com, and through the My Verizon app.

Mail/package handling

[Updated 3.30.20]

Verizon Mail Services are offering solutions for handling business-critical mail or packages for major locations where employees are working from home. (See location list.)   

If you require business-critical mail to be scanned, sent to your home, or stored in the mailroom, please indicate your requirements on the Mail and Package Special Handling Form. For questions, please contact shipping.help@verizonmedia.com (for both Verizon and Verizon Media employees).

Travel, meetings and events

Business-critical travel only

[Updated 6.12.20]

  • Business travel is limited to business critical purposes only

  • All travel requires VP approval; VLC approval is required for country-to-country travel

  • This does not apply to daily cross-border commuters traveling to their work location outside their home country (e.g., European Union (EU) employees commuting country to country) or employees who are traveling to their assigned work location or an assigned dispatch for installation or repair

  • All travel must comply with domestic, international, and local regulations where applicable (e.g., temperature checks, quarantine post-travel, medical health certificate, proof of health/travel insurance, etc.)

  • All travel through Concur will route to VP for approval, regardless of monetary amount; Concur will not allow booking without approval effective 6/1

Travel for Verizon employee face-to-face meetings or events is prohibited

[Updated 3.5.21]

  • There will be no Verizon employee face-to-face meetings or events requiring business travel. This does not restrict travel for mandatory training that the EOC concludes can only be conducted in person. Verizon employees should utilize virtual meetings where feasible.

  • Meeting size for office-based employees must be limited to allow for social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart); number of attendees will be dependent upon those guidelines and meeting space 

All travel, meetings, and events must comply with Verizon safety standards

[Updated 5.18.20] 

Verizon Employees must comply with Verizon’s and/or the destination’s safety protocols, such as face coverings, frequent handwashing, and distancing guidelines.

Visiting third-party sites (U.S. and international)

[New 4.15.21]

Employee visits to customer, vendor or other third-party locations are permitted for business-critical reasons only and with director pre-approval.

Note: This does not apply to the V Teamers on the VCG Consumer Sales & Ops team who support the Indirect agents as well as Network and Operations field maintenance, repair, data center and provisioning roles (who should continue to follow their current processes).

Normal travel approval is required for third-party site visits that require travel (VP approval for domestic travel / VLC approval for international travel.)

If you are visiting a third party, you must follow these steps:

1. Confirm that the third party meets the following facility requirements (if the host/facility fails to meet any of these conditions, you are not authorized to access the facility and should consult your manager):

  • The facility is open for business and compliant with applicable local laws and safety guidelines.
  • You are able to maintain social distancing of 6 feet (1.8 meters) or greater while onsite.
  • If a case of COVID-19 has been reported at the location, it has subsequently been cleaned in accordance with CDC and WHO guidelines.
  • There have not been any confirmed COVID-19 cases in the facility in the last 72 hours.
  • There is a process to notify Verizon if a case of COVID-19 is reported within 10 days of your visit.

2. Secure your director’s approval prior to the visit (if a visit requires travel, refer to the travel, meetings and events guidelines).

3. Complete RTO certification on the day of the visit (including entering the address, name and contact information of the third party).

4. Adhere to Verizon and local health guidance and requirements, such as wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet (1.8 meters) or greater.

Contact your manager if there are concerns about the safety conditions at the 3rd party site, including no visible evidence of reasonable COVID-19 protocols in place.

If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or experience COVID-19 symptoms or are provided with guidance to quarantine, please complete the COVID-19 reporting form (U.S. | International).

Personal travel abroad and remote work

[Updated 4.15.21]

Outside of exceptional circumstances that are approved by the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC), you may not work in a country other than the country of your normal work location. This is due to many factors in connection with employees performing work in countries other than their normal work locations, including import/export restrictions, work authorizations and tax considerations.

You should not schedule any period of remote work abroad before, during or after any personal trip when traveling outside the country of your normal work location.

If you are planning or have scheduled a personal trip, please follow the guidance provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and your country’s government or health agency before making travel arrangements. There are still self-quarantine procedures in place in the United States and most other countries when traveling to and from certain regions and countries. These rules may restrict your ability to return to the country of your normal work location.

If you are unable to return to the country of your normal work location due to personal travel, you must report that to the EOC and you may, subject to local law, be required to use paid time off or take an unpaid leave of absence. This does not apply to cross-border commuters who, prior to the pandemic and due to the nature of their role, had a normal work location in one country, but lived and occasionally worked in a neighboring country.

Before any international travel:

On a short personal vacation that doesn't involve these restricted use countries, you are, as always, expected to use good judgment with regard to any access or use of company systems such as email. Please recognize that doing so from a country other than your official country of employment may have tax or other employment-related and financial implications for you and/or Verizon. Days spent abroad on vacation should be reported as vacation days and not work days.

Upon your return to the country of work location, you must abide by the provisions in the applicable CDC notice(s) and/or country governmental guidelines. If those provisions call for you to be quarantined, and you traveled to the restricted area after the relevant quarantine went into effect, in order to be paid, you will need to take vacation, personal or holiday time during any period where you must remain out of Verizon workspaces. If you are able to work from home during the self-quarantine period, you will be paid as normal. You must notify your manager and HR Business Partner of the need to self-quarantine.

Volunteer events

[Updated 3.12.20]

We are postponing all in-person volunteer events until further notice. Virtual volunteer events are available and will continue without disruption. Please visit verizon.com/volunteer to review the upcoming virtual events.

People leaders

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HR Business Partners

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Customer statements

Verizon response

[Updated 3.30.20]

View our response to customers on the Emergency Resource Center. The page includes general customer statements and FAQ for customers who seek further details about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Verizon's operations or ability to deliver services.

Open retail stores

[Updated 3.14.20]

Customers can visit www.verizon.com/stores for a list of stores that remain open. Customers can always get the support and services they need 24/7 by visiting verizonwireless.com/support,  using the My Verizon app or calling 800.922.0204.