Testing for Booster-Eligible Workers Must be Fully Implemented by Jan. 7

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After feedback from CHA, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its FAQs on the Dec. 22 state public health order mandating boosters for health care workers. Specifically, CDPH clarified that — while testing for booster-eligible workers must begin on Dec. 27 — health facilities have until Jan. 7 to come into full compliance. 

The relevant text in the FAQ is quoted below:

Q: When does this amended order go into effect?
A: The requirement for booster doses goes into effect December 22, 2021, and the deadline for booster-eligible covered workers to receive their booster is February 1, 2022, or within 15 days of becoming eligible for a booster if they are not eligible as of February 1, 2022. All facilities must begin testing of booster-eligible workers (who have not yet received their booster dose) by December 27, 2021 and be in full compliance by January 7, 2022. (emphasis added)

CHA will continue to share additional changes or revisions to the relevant health order or FAQs via Coronavirus Update