Vaccines Offer Hope

While COVID continues to surge nationally, we are seeing promising advancements in the fight against the virus, including several approved COVID vaccines. This encouraging progress is scientific innovation at its best and presents a path toward overcoming COVID. While vaccines are not mandatory at GDIT, we strongly encourage each of you to take the vaccine when you have the opportunity.

Castlight Vaccine Finder

Via Castlight for GDIT stateside employees. Text APP to 35925 to get a link to download the Castlight app.

GDIT strongly encourages all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them. Please review the FAQs below to learn more about the vaccine, and visit this page regularly for updates.

How do I charge my time off for getting the vaccine?

Accrued General Leave (including charging up to 80 hours in General Leave), Personal Time/Sick, floating holidays and Purchased Paid Time Off may be used for absences from work to obtain the vaccine. GDIT's Flex Time policy also allows employees to flex their hours during a pay period. Note: If you are obtaining the vaccine through your government customer, check with your Program Manager on charging your time.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The current vaccines have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), providing a high degree of confidence in their safety and effectiveness.

These vaccines do not eliminate COVID-19, but they significantly reduce the likelihood of illness from the virus. The more of us who get vaccinated, the healthier our workforce and our communities will be.

To learn more about how the vaccine works, visit the CDC’s Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines site.

How do we know if an offer for a vaccine or an appointment for one is legitimate?

When making an appointment for a vaccine always ensure you are working through your healthcare provider or are signing up via your state/local official vaccine portals. Unsolicited offers for early access, to make an appointment, or to ship a vaccine to you for a fee, are highly suspect and should be avoided. Never share your personal or health information with anyone other than known trusted medical professionals.

I heard I may need two shots. Is that true?

So far, the two approved and recommended vaccines require a second shot about a month after the first dose to be effective. Your healthcare professional can help you understand which vaccine you will receive, and when and if you will need a second dose.

How are the vaccines being distributed, and how can I get one?

Given the limited supply of vaccines at this time, the CDC recommends that vaccines be administered in phases, with priority given to health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities. However, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive vaccines. Please speak with your healthcare professional or contact your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area.

Is the cost of the vaccine covered by my insurance plan?

Yes, if you are covered under a GDIT medical plan, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by your plan. If you are not covered by a GDIT medical plan, please consult with your insurance carrier.

Will GDIT be offering vaccines to employees?

GDIT does not have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Is GDIT requiring employees to get a vaccine?

We strongly encourage all employees to get a vaccine when available, but it is not mandatory for GDIT employment. It is possible that vaccines may be required for certain travel and/or for access to customer sites at some point in the future.

My customer has offered the vaccine to me / members of my team. Can I take it?

We realize that some of our customers have received supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine and have offered to provide them to some of our employees. GDIT is fully supportive of these efforts. Please notify your manager and your HR Business Partner of any vaccination offers extended by your customer and follow their guidance.

If I have the vaccine, do I still need to adhere to face covering and physical distance protocols while in a GDIT or customer facility?

Yes. All COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed (including face coverings and physical distancing at GDIT sites and customer facilities) regardless of vaccine status. In addition, employees are expected to adhere to the following protocols:

  • Do not come to work if you are symptomatic or waiting on a test result.
  • Do not come to work if you live with or have been exposed to someone who is symptomatic, positive or waiting on a test result.