DOH Vaccine Mandate
The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) has ordered staff working for Early Intervention (EI) provider agencies in NYC to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and for staff and children age 2 and older to wear a face mask, provided that an Early Intervention provider may modify this requirement where they determine it appropriate based on the developmental needs of the child receiving EI services.
Deadline for First Dose
As of Monday, December 20, 2021, all staff working for NYC EI provider agencies must have submitted proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This means that on December 20, 2021, staff who have not received their first vaccine dose cannot deliver in-person EI service coordination, evaluation, or therapeutic or educational services. This requirement also applies to staff hired on or after December 20, 2021. This requirement is key to ensuring the safety of children, families, and providers in the EI Program.
Text in this post are direct quotes from a letter sent by DOHMH to all provider agencies.