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COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe, effective and free way to protect yourself and your community against COVID-19. Check out the below resources on where you can get vaccinated and why vaccination is safe and important.

  • Students, parents and community members can get vaccinated in a variety of ways, including at community events, or by scheduling an appointment with a vaccine provider. Use the map tool below to see a list of providers in Hamilton County.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your community. The vaccines teach our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and they have been proven to be effective at preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19. Find information from the CDC about getting the vaccine, vaccination effectiveness and more.


Head Start programs continue to review our COVID-19 protocols as we return to in-person services and prepare for a new program year; and will continue to seek COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Staff Vaccination Requirements for SY21-22

Our school communities’ health and safety is our top priority, which is why we’re requiring all employees to be vaccinated by October 29, 2021 (with the exception of those with certain medical conditions documented by a healthcare provider or certain sincerely held religious beliefs).

Additionally, all fully vaccinated staff who do not have a medical condition documented by a healthcare provider or certain sincerely held religious beliefs must provide proof of full vaccination by October 29; staff who do not provide proof of vaccination will be ineligible to work until proof is provided. Full vaccination is defined as at least two weeks after your second shot of a two-shot vaccination course, or at least two weeks after a one-shot vaccination course.

You are considered fully vaccinated: 

·         Two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or

·         Two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen) 

Fully vaccinated staff who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19, and may not require COVID-19 testing as indicated below. Universal masking is required of all preschool children and staff.

Acceptable documentation for verifying the vaccination status of staff, visitors include at least one of the following: 

·         CDC vaccination card which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date(s) administered, or a photo of the vaccination card. 

·         Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider with the information listed above.

·         State immunization information system record with the information listed above.  

·         Other immunization record system that provides the information above. 

Vaccine documentation for staff needs to be submitted to the Human Resources Department. For all visitors and contractors that provide direct services to children, this information must be submitted to the Site Administrator or Principal.

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