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CDPH Adopts CDC Recommendations on Fully Vaccinated Health Care Personnel Post-Travel

For human resources managers, quality & patient safety staff, infection preventionists

At CHA’s request, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel guidance for health care personnel in hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs).  

Specifically, this guidance makes it clear that fully vaccinated health care personnel in hospitals and SNFs do not need to self-quarantine for COVID-19 after travel. This was contained in the revision to All-Facilities Letter (AFL) 21-08.3 released June 28. 

The AFL states that general guidance on quarantine following travel applies to individuals who are health care personnel in hospitals and SNFs. The guidance is as follows: 

  1. Testing before or after travel and self-quarantine after travel within the U.S. is no longer required for individuals who are fully vaccinated, or COVID-19 recovered within three months, as long as they are asymptomatic. 
  2. Self-quarantine after travel by air internationally and returning to the U.S. is no longer required for individuals who are fully vaccinated.