Sunday, January 17, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Expands to New Groups

New York and its neighboring states, along with New York City, are expanding availability of COVID-19 immunizations. Use the links below to see if you belong to a group that is now eligible and, if you are, to make an appointment for vaccination.

In New Jersey, specifically, as of January 14th, 2021, the following groups are eligible to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Paid or unpaid persons working or volunteering in a healthcare setting
  • Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings
  • Frontline first responders
  • Persons aged 65 and older
  • Persons below 64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19

Changes to Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Benefits

AFT is making major changes and improvements to our AFT provided and Affiliate purchased Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance benefit. Specifically, this includes:

  • Signed on with a new AD&D insurance provider, switching from ULLICO to the Federal Insurance Company, a member insurer of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; and
  • Expanded coverage to include coma and paralysis (paraplegia and quadriplegia); and
  • Maintained the same benefit amount of $6,250 per unit (insured member) for the affiliate-purchased and $5,000 coverage from AFT. And note: Benefits are doubled if the accident or injury occurs on the job associated with your AFT membership.
  • Reduced the cost to affiliates who purchase AD&D coverage from 5 cents per unit per member to 3.667 cents per unit per member. This is a 26% savings for affiliates. 

Worthy of note:

  • New beneficiary cards will not be required. 
  • Affiliates not currently purchasing can add this program at any time. 
  • Affiliates currently purchasing can increase their number of units at any time. 
  • For affiliates that purchase, the new rate will appear on invoices in January, 2021.

This AD&D benefit, in its expanded form, will continue to be provided at no cost by the AFT for all active, working members in good standing through AFT local unions and associate member programs; as well as offered for purchase to affiliates. The website with new materials is now live.
For additional questions, please go to the website, or contact