Over the past year, families have limited their interactions with anyone outside of their immediate family. Many families who would have otherwise relied on a childcare provider during the summer and while their children were attending virtual school felt unsafe and uncomfortable bringing somebody from outside the family into their homes.
Those feelings were not unfounded. COVID-19 has proven to be a dangerous illness, and anyone who was hesitant to bring in a childcare provider was doing so to protect their families.
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We can now all breathe a little sigh of relief with the news that childcare providers in California are eligible for getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Here’s what that means for you if you are interested in hiring a childcare provider for your family.
Childcare providers, including teachers, daycare workers, and in-home nannies and tutors, are high on the country’s priority list for getting vaccinated. Once childcare providers are vaccinated, they can safely interact with children and families, even if those children and families have not yet received their vaccine.
As of March 1, 2021, all childcare providers in California are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All they need to do is make an appointment. That step can be time-consuming, with many people waiting several weeks for their first shot. However, as vaccine production has ramped up and states have been given more doses, the wait times have reduced dramatically since the vaccine was first introduced.
By now, many childcare providers have successfully received both their first and second shots of the vaccine if they were getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Those childcare providers who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only need one dose.
Families who have been holding off on hiring in-home childcare providers may be wondering when it will be safe for them to do so. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose of the vaccine. So, as long as the childcare provider you have hired has received their last dose two or more weeks before entering your home, they are considered fully vaccinated.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that fully vaccinated people can interact with other vaccinated people without masks or restrictions. They can do the same with unvaccinated people who have a low risk of contracting the virus. However, vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines when they are out in public. They are also obligated to follow their employers’ rules for COVID-19 safety.
There are still many unknowns about the vaccine, including whether vaccinated people can asymptomatically transmit the virus to someone else. While the research is ongoing, CNN reports that what we do know suggests that the risk is minimal. However, if you feel more comfortable asking guests in your home to wear a mask, that is entirely your right as a homeowner and employer. You can require your in-home nanny to wear a mask inside the home regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.
We know this year has been full of challenges. We are prepared to help you face whatever comes next with the help and support of a reliable childcare provider by your side.
At Ease Family Solutions has been diligently getting childcare provider vaccinations so that they can continue to deliver exceptional care while keeping themselves and the families they care for safe. If you are looking for a childcare provider for your home, we can help!
Visit our website to learn more about all the childcare and estate services we offer. We have highly trained and qualified vaccinated nannies available to give your family the support you need.