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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING A RECENT CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

Aveanna is committed to the health and safety of those we serve, and we are here as a resource to keep you informed of changing regulations that are important to you.

An Order from the California Department of Public Health requires that care providers (“workers”) providing personal care services be fully vaccinated by November 30, 2021, unless they are approved for an exemption based on religious beliefs or qualifying medical reasons.  Additional detail is available in the links below:

Department of Developmental Services Directive
https://www.dds.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DDSDirective_PublicHealthOfficer_COVID-19Order_09282021.pdf

CA State Public Health Order:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Adult-Care-Facilities-and-Direct-Care-Worker-Vaccine-Requirement.aspx

 

Who does this apply to?

The Order applies to all care providers (“workers”) who provide services to a consumer (“employer-recipient”) through the network of Regional Centers serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, except for those workers 1) who only provide services to a recipient with whom they live or 2) who are a family member of the recipient for whom they provide services.  The client and his or her family is the employer-recipient and is responsible for directing the worker and the implementation of this order. If a worker provides services across multiple households, the mandate applies.

 

Exemptions

Workers may be exempt from the vaccination requirements only upon providing the employer-recipient a declination form signed by the individual stating either of the following: (1) the worker is declining vaccination based on Religious Beliefs, or (2) the worker is excused from receiving any COVID-19 vaccine due to Qualifying Medical Reasons.

Please note, to be eligible for a Qualified Medical Reasons exemption the worker must also provide to the employer-recipient a written statement signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician stating that the individual qualifies for the exemption (but the statement should not describe the underlying medical condition or disability) and indicating the probable duration of the worker’s inability to receive the vaccine (or if the duration is unknown or permanent, so indicate).

If the employer-recipient deems a worker to have met the requirements of an exemption, the unvaccinated, exempt worker must be tested for COVID-19 once per week and wear at least a surgical mask while in the home.

Please click here to download a .PDF Declination Form. | (Spanish .PDF Declination Form)

 

Recordkeeping

The worker must maintain vaccination status, exemption and testing records as applicable.

If a worker is exempt, the employer-recipient must also maintain a record of the exemption and test results.

Aveanna serves only as the Employer of Record and maintains no records.

 

Where can I receive a COVID-19 vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available and can be obtained from retailers and grocery stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, or from your local public health department—in most cases without an appointment. If you need assistance finding a location to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, please check with your location or Regional Center Service Coordinator, or visit https://myturn.ca.gov/

We appreciate being your partner. Your adherence to this mandate ensures that we are all doing our part to further minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Be sure to have a conversation with your family and care provider about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Outlined below are some of the questions that can be used to navigate the conversation. Please note the following only applies to the California Public Health Order requiring care providers (“workers”) providing personal care services be fully vaccinated by November 30, 2021, unless they are approved for an exemption based on religious beliefs or qualifying medical reasons. Additional detail is available in the links below.

Department of Developmental Services Directive
https://www.dds.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DDSDirective_PublicHealthOfficer_COVID-19Order_09282021.pdf

CA State Public Health Order:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Order-of-the-State-Public-Health-Officer-Adult-Care-Facilities-and-Direct-Care-Worker-Vaccine-Requirement.aspx

As a community partner, we are spreading the word about how the mandate may apply to you, how to be compliant with the Public Health Order, resources for how to get vaccinated, best practices for maintaining documentation related to the mandate, and information on COVID-19 testing.

  1. Is the care provider related to the client and only providing services to the single household?
    •  Yes – Mandate does not apply.
    •  No – Mandate does apply.
  2. Does the care provider live in the same household as the client and only provide services to the single household?
    •  Yes – Mandate does not apply.
    •  No – Mandate does apply.
  3. Is the care provider providing services to more than one household?
    •  Yes – The mandate applies unless the caregiver is related to all the clients in all the households.

To maintain a copy of his or her vaccination record and share it with the family;
If applicable, to maintain the relevant exemption documents and share them with the family; and
To be able to produce records upon request within one business day.

  • A picture on your phone
  • The CA state portal provides a digital copy of your vaccine record—
    https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/
  • Save to a secure digital location, like a personal Google Drive, iCloud, or OneDrive

Unfortunately, we do not. Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian by either going through your health care provider or through a community testing site.

  • To find a community testing site near you, visit Testing – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response (ca.gov). If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123.
  • Community testing sites serve all individuals who qualify for a test. This includes uninsured, underinsured, undocumented, and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get a test.

We offer the following Declination Form to Claim Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements to use as a template between families and their care providers. This is for your records only—please do not return completed forms to Aveanna.

No, but they are responsible for being able to provide documentation within one business day upon request by the family or a state entity. A digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record is available to download to their smart device. Visit https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/faq for more info.

Paid sick leave is available for eligible employees. Please inquire with your local branch to find out how to claim sick time.

Per the Public Health Order, the care provider must either be fully vaccinated by 11/30/21 and be able to provide documentation OR they must provide documentation of either a religious or medical exemption. It is the responsibility of the family/client to supervise their care provider(s) and ensure that they are compliant with the mandate.

 

Helpful Links

Vaccination appointment / Walk-in – https://myturn.ca.gov/
Digital vaccination record – https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/faq
Free community testing CA – Testing – Coronavirus COVID-19 Response (ca.gov). If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123