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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about COVID-19, the vaccines, and guidance.
If you don't see an answer to your question in the FAQs, please ask us. We are here to help.

0.5 Children (4)

Yes. If you are required to get vaccinated (because you work in healthcare, at a school, college/university or state-owned or operated church or place of worship), you do have the option to be tested weekly instead. However, your employer may have stricter requirements.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 02. Vaccines

The unvaccinated teacher will need to resume weekly testing when they return to work.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

Whether vaccinated or not, any employee who tests positive for COVID should immediately isolate at home. If they have symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day symptoms began. If they have no symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day the positive test was collected.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

They must have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose vaccine (J&J) by September 19, 2021.

For those with Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine: The second dose must be done within 30 days (no later than October 19, 2021). For employees starting in these positions after September 19th, the employer will determine when vaccination must be completed.

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02. Vaccines (5)

Yes, effective July 1, 2021, the COVID-19 Vaccination Rights for Employees and Employer Obligations Ordinance went into effect. In Cook County, employers cannot require workers to get vaccinated outside of work hours. If your employer requires you to be vaccinated and your appointment is during your shift, you are to be compensated up to four hours per dose. If your employer does not require you to be vaccinated, you can use paid sick leave or paid time off to get vaccinated, but your employer cannot require you to find coverage for your shift during that time. Learn more or file a complaint with Cook County’s Commission on Human Rights: https://bit.ly/VaxRights

Category: 02. Vaccines

If you work in healthcare, at a school, college, university, state-owned or operated church or place of worship, and you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to get tested weekly. Employees who are exempt from the vaccine requirement due to a medical or religious reason must get tested weekly.

Category: 02. Vaccines

Yes. If you are required to get vaccinated (because you work in healthcare, at a school, college/university or state-owned or operated church or place of worship), you do have the option to be tested weekly instead. However, your employer may have stricter requirements.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 02. Vaccines

They must have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose vaccine (J&J) by September 19, 2021.

For those with Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine: The second dose must be done within 30 days (no later than October 19, 2021). For employees starting in these positions after September 19th, the employer will determine when vaccination must be completed.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 02. Vaccines

If you work in healthcare, at a school, college, university, state-owned or operated church or place of worship, you are required to be fully vaccinated.

Category: 02. Vaccines

03. Testing (3)

The unvaccinated teacher will need to resume weekly testing when they return to work.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

Whether vaccinated or not, any employee who tests positive for COVID should immediately isolate at home. If they have symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day symptoms began. If they have no symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day the positive test was collected.

Category: 03. Testing

Whether vaccinated or not, any employee who tests positive for COVID should immediately isolate at home. If they have symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day symptoms began. If they have no symptoms, isolation should continue for 10 days starting with the day the positive test was collected.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 03. Testing

05. Masking (1)

Sometimes wearing a face covering may not be possible. Face coverings should not be worn by someone if it creates a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment.

Category: 05. Masking

06. Guidance/Mandates (2)

No. It is possible for a health care setting to be subject to the Executive Order, even if it is not listed.

Healthcare workers are defined as people who are employed, contracted or volunteer to provide services at a healthcare facility and are likely to be within 6 feet of others for more than 15 minutes at least once a week on a regular basis.

10. Miscellaneous (6)

If a person is employed at a facility that provides healthcare and is in close contact with visitors for more than 15 minutes on a regular basis, they are mandated to get vaccinated or be tested at least weekly.

Category: 10. Miscellaneous

Examples of Health Care Facilities include: pharmacies, ambulatory surgical treatment centers, free-standing emergency centers, birth centers, hospices, hospitals, physician offices, and dental offices. Health Care Facilities also include places that provide: urgent care, post-surgical recovery care, end-stage renal disease care, long-term care, specialized mental health rehabilitation, assistance with activities of daily living, mental health care, and public health services.

Category: 10. Miscellaneous

Examples of healthcare workers include: physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, physician assistants, pharmacists, EMS personnel, first responders, chiropractors, optometrists, dentists, dental hygienists, public health personnel, aides, staff and other personnel working in a health care facility.

Category: 10. Miscellaneous

A health care facility is a place that provides health services, medical treatment, rehabilitation or preventative care.

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The term “Health Care Facility” does not include any State-owned or operated facilities.

Category: 10. Miscellaneous

Contractors who make deliveries to a site where they are more than 6 feet from others or just quickly entering a site to pick up a shipment are not considered health care workers.

Category: 10. Miscellaneous

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