COVID Vaccine Notice
One reality of 2020 has been the presence of new and ever-changing information. Your ability to be flexible and resilient in this season has been crucial and will continue to be as we navigate through these early phases of the COVID vaccine roll-out. As we understand each state and each facility are in control of their protocols and processes. We ensure you that we will make updates as we receive new information, but we want to share what we know right now regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
- To-date, facilities have communicated that vaccination will be “strongly encouraged” but not mandated. As always, we will be required to follow each individual facility’s protocol. At this time, your decision to be vaccinated should not impact your current or future assignments, procedures, or required PPE.
- As this is just the beginning phase of vaccine distribution, facilities are still finalizing their distribution strategies, but many will include travelers, alongside permanent staff, for vaccination if they choose to receive it.
- If you find yourself at a facility that is not yet addressing travelers as a part of their vaccination strategy, and you would like to receive one, we strongly encourage you to advocate directly with your manager. We believe that will be the fastest and most efficient course of action.
- It is recommended that a person receive both doses of the vaccine at the same location. Travelers should have at least 4 weeks remaining on their current assignment before beginning the vaccine process to ensure they have adequate time to receive both doses.
- When receiving your vaccination (Steps 1 and 2), be sure to retain your proof of vaccination and send a copy to your recruiter. We will maintain this information with other credentialing documentation should it be needed.
- There should be no cost to you for the vaccine. However, there may be an administration fee that is reimbursable by your insurance company. Should you be uninsured, this fee can be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
- Demographic and personally identifiable data may be requested as part of the vaccination process. This tracking is due to the emergency authorization use of the vaccines. Travelers should comply to the extent they are comfortable with the requests for data upon receipt of vaccine.
- Information will be distributed to anyone receiving the vaccine regarding any potential side effects prior to receiving their dose(s). If not readily available, travelers should ask for this information. Information for healthcare professionals can also be found on the CDC website.
We know that information could change at any time. We will continue to provide updates as we are able.
We are hopeful the light at the end of this tunnel is growing brighter, much in part to your heroic work on the front lines and the brilliant scientists working night and day to make a vaccine a reality. If you have any questions, please reach out to your recruiter and they will get you the answers you need.