COVID-19 Information Links

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On this page you will find information and resources you need to know about related COVID-19 rules and mandates at Rockaway Home Care. Our team focuses on providing accurate and vital information for you to understand and prepare for any future changes, conditions and regulations. When it comes to COVID-19 a lot of information is misunderstood or inaccurate. For that reason, we are providing you with links to information that might apply to you in the future when working with Rockaway Home Care.

Our goal is to keep you informed of any company updates and policies. COVID-19 has affected the work environment and now with going back to the traditional ways there are new rules and regulations that come along. Recently OSHA and the CMS came out with a few announcements regarding a vaccine mandate for businesses. Here we will update and discuss the mandate as we get more information from OSHA and the CMS.

The federal government announced on November 4th: "Get Their Employees Vaccinated by January 4th and Require Unvaccinated Employees to Produce a Negative Test on at Least a Weekly Basis: All covered employers must ensure that their employees have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated – either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – by January 4th. After that, all covered employers must ensure that any employees who have not received the necessary shots begin producing a verified negative test to their employer on at least a weekly basis, and they must remove from the workplace any employee who receives a positive COVID-19 test or is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed health care provider. The ETS (Emergency Temporary Standard) lays out the wide variety of tests that comply with the standard. Given that vaccines are safe, free, and the most effective way for workers to be protected from COVID-19 transmission at work, the ETS does not require employers to provide or pay for tests. Employers may be required to pay for testing because of other laws or collective bargaining agreements".

Pay Employees for the Time it Takes to Get Vaccinated: "All covered employers are required to provide paid-time for their employees to get vaccinated and, if needed, sick leave to recover from side effects experienced that keep them from working".

Ensure All Unvaccinated Employees are Masked: "All covered employers must ensure that unvaccinated employees wear a face mask while in the workplace.

Other Requirements and Compliance Date: Employers are subject to requirements for reporting and recordkeeping that are spelled out in the detailed OSHA materials available here. While the testing requirement for unvaccinated workers will begin after January 4th, employers must be in compliance with all other requirements – such as providing paid-time for employees to get vaccinated and masking for unvaccinated workers – on December 5th. The Administration is calling on all employers to step up and make these changes as quickly as possible".

The CMS has also announced: 

"New Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Workers: CMS is requiring workers at health care facilities participating in Medicare or Medicaid to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated – either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – by January 4th. The rule covers approximately 76,000 health care facilities and more than 17 million health care workers – the majority of health care workers in America – and will enhance patient safety in health care settings. The rule applies to employees regardless of whether their positions are clinical or non-clinical and includes employees, students, trainees, and volunteers who work at a covered facility that receives federal funding from Medicare or Medicaid. It also includes individuals who provide treatment or other services for the facility under contract or other arrangements. Among the facility types covered by the rule are hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis facilities, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities. Today’s action will help provide patients assurance about the vaccination status of those delivering care, create a level playing field across health care facilities, and help to address challenges facilities have faced with staff sickness and quarantines impacting delivery of care".

In preparation for a possible enforcement of this mandate, we encourage all those that were vaccinated to provide proof of vaccination and all those that plan to vaccinate please do so as soon as possible and submit proof of vaccination. Those who have a medical or religious exemption to provide the exemption letter as soon as possible (December 4th). If the caregiver or staff member fails to do so he or she will have to submit to testing for COVID-19 on a weekly basis from January 4th.

You can submit your proof of vaccination and medical or religious exemption to our Email: hr@rockawayhc.com or Fax: 5162394199.

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