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As a response to the strain the Delta variant of Covid-19 is having on hospital systems, Governor Brown issued a mandate requiring all K-12 employees and Health Care Workers be vaccinated by October 18th. The rules for health care workers can be found here, and the rules for K-12 staff can be found here
The new administrative rules for health care workers and K-12 teachers removes the weekly testing option for those who aren't vaccinated and requires proof of full vaccination (i.e. 14 days after 2nd dose of a two dose vaccine, or 1st dose for J&J vaccine) by Oct. 18th or documentation of a medical or religious exception. For healthcare workers, these requirement extends to all individuals, paid and unpaid, working, learning, assisting or observing who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients. For K-12, the requirements apply to all staff, employees and volunteers 16 and older at schools and school based programs.
The medical and religious exception forms can be found here:
- Instruction for filling out exception forms
- Medical Exception Form (word file)
- Religious Exception Form (word file)
The exception forms must be submitted to the employer by October 18th. The employer is required to maintain vaccine documents and documentation for up to two years. The forms and documentation should not be sent to the OHA unless it is requested. Please note with an exception request, your employer may require you to take additional steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Workplaces are not required to provide exception accommodation if doing so would pose a direct threat to the excepted individual or others, or create undue hardship.