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We are currently reviewing the latest frequently asked questions to align with the August 3, 2021 Residential Care Facility Mitigation Guidance release and will update this page as soon as possible.
Yes, there are currently over 100 facilities that have fully vaccinated all staff and all residents, obtaining 100% vaccination rates.
Some facilities have made a business decision to require staff vaccination.
Facilities should offer vaccination to residents but can not require it.
No. 100% vaccination status would mean that all residents/staff in the building are fully vaccinated, regardless of medical exemption.
Yes. Assess resident vital signs including temperature and pulse oximetry daily. Routinely monitor residents for possible COVID-19 symptoms. See page 18 of the RCF Comprehensive Guidance for additional information. Facilities should have a process in place to ensure all staff (including consultant and ancillary personnel) are screened at the beginning of their shift for fever or respiratory symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. A sample form can be found here. Please see page 19 of the RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance.
If a visitor is participating in activities reserved for only those that are fully vaccinated, the visitor must share a copy of their vaccination record with the facility prior to the visit. The facility is required to maintain a copy of such records. Please see page 34 of the RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance.
Facilities are required to perform an assessment of the resident prior to admission to the facility. They must then use their own criteria to determine if they are able to appropriately care for the resident. Not admitting a resident is not a resident's rights violation.
Yes. EVERYONE who enters the facility is required to either wear a face covering that covers both their nose and mouth at all times or provide documentation to the facility that they are fully vaccinated.
With the seventh amended Public Health Order 20-20, each facility must establish and maintain a COVID-19 mitigation plan that promotes vaccine confidence and acceptance and must continue to offer vaccinations to all consenting staff and residents. Each facility shall submit to CDPHE a plan which details how the facility ensures vaccinations are offered and provided to all consenting staff and residents. A template for this plan is available here. Minimally, this information must include:
- How the facility assesses and addresses the vaccination status of new staff and residents;
- The identification of designated staff who coordinate vaccination information, administration and tracking of the vaccination status of staff and residents on an ongoing basis,
- Ongoing measures to promote vaccine confidence and acceptance, and;
- The vaccination status of all current staff and residents.
There is no requirement for a specific day of the week for EMResource reporting. EMResource reporting must be completed on a weekly basis.