Frequently Asked Questions
Tahoe Summer Camps – Pandemic FAQ
Updated June 18, 2021
California reopened on Tuesday, June 15th, as Governor Newsom terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The order has limited restrictions, specifically focused on mega events and related to settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Key Info Includes (see details within this living document):
- Masks required indoors (regardless of vaccine status)
- Mask required in vehicles (regardless of vaccine status)
- Mask optional outside
- Parents are to remain in vehicles and are not permitted inside buildings (see exceptions detailed within)
- Healthy hygiene practices prioritized
- Health surveys (campers, staff and associated personnel)
- Stable cohorts and group structures
- Staff training and family education (ongoing)
- Identification and tracing of contacts
- Enhanced air filtration indoors (ongoing)
- Quarantine and removal of symptomatic individuals
- Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine when exposed to positive cases (unless symptoms arise).
Without question this year has affirmed that everyone’s cooperation is critical to staying safe, healthy and open. To ensure the best possible and safest summer camp experiences, we kindly ask and require camp staff, parents and campers adhere to our guidance.
Tahoe Expedition Academy DBA is Tahoe Summer Camps. Pandemic FAQ is based on up to date scientific information from the health departments listed below:
And from the government, sports and activities governing entities listed below:
- US Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest
- US Sailing
- US Lacrosse
- USA Archery
- American Mountain Guides Association
- National Interscholastic Cycling Association
- National Outdoor Leadership School
- California Blacksmithing Association
IMPORTANT NOTE: CONFIDENTIALITY IS CRITICAL
All personal health information the school/camp will collect and use to make decisions will remain confidential.
SCREENING, RESTRICTIONS AND HEALTH POLICIES
Everyone’s cooperation and compliance is required to offer safe, formative and fun summer camp offerings, thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.
Prior to camp arrival, the below outlined process is required for all campers, camp families and Tahoe Summer Camps employees and related staff:
- Health Screening – On the first day of each camp week, registered camp families will be required to complete an electronic Health Screening indicating that no COVID-19 symptoms are present within their entire household, agreeing they have not been in direct contact with someone COVID-19 positive, and other health related questions. Verbal health screenings will take place daily in addition to this online form.
- Check In – Each day at camp check in assigned camp staff will verify that health survey results week have not changed and that everyone in the household is symptom free.
- Parents in Vehicles – Unless an emergency or other, we ask that parents remain in vehicles for check in and pick up. Except for Overnight Camps, Little Incredibles Camps, and Beach sailing drop off. Those exiting vehicles should park and limit check in time to ~ 5 minutes.
- Parents are not permitted inside campus buildings, cottages or modulars.
What is our camper sick policy for Communicable Diseases (including COVID-19)?
- Parents must keep campers home when not feeling well and until it is determined that no contagious illness is present. Everyone must report as honestly as possible, if symptoms are present please indicate such via the Health Survey, and by contacting Tahoe Summer Camps administrators, Eric Martin or Alex Peugnet.
- If the camper or someone in the camper’s household has COVID like symptoms, the camper must not come to camp until it is determined that no contagious illness is present. Symptoms include loss of taste or smell, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. The CDC COVID-19 self checker is linked here.
What do we expect of parents and families if a COVID-19 case is detected?
- Parents are asked to contact Tahoe Summer Camps Director, Eric Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org when communicable diseases are present in the child or in the immediate household.
- Parents should also utilize the Health Survey to indicate symptoms within their child and/or household. Symptom checks before arriving on campus is critical to school population health.
- Designated camp admin shall report certain communicable diseases, like COVID-19, to the local health authorities.
What will happen if my child gets sick while at camp?
If your child falls ill with any COVID-19 symptom during the camp day they will be isolated from others and sent home as a precaution to camp instructors and fellow campers.
The camper can return to campus after 24 hrs of being symptom free. Should a refund or credit be necessary, it will be provided per our refund and credit policies listed within, and outlined here.
What happens if a parent / family member is sick?
If a parent or other member of a camper’s household is sick, then that camper shall stay home until all family members are symptom free for 24 hours. Refund or credit policies will apply as needed for time away from camp due to illness – see below.
COVID-19 Cancellation or Refund Policy:
Symptoms Related – If your child or anyone in their household exhibits COVID-19 like symptoms they are required to stay home / not attend camp. To ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and to ensure camps continue to run in full, we ask that these instances and ailments are reported in an honest and timely manner (morning before camp begins). If symptoms don’t clear in 24hrs during the assigned camp week we will issue a prorated refund (in full if no camp days attended) without any fees deducted to encourage best reporting practices.
Exposure Related – If camps are cancelled due to a COVID-19 camp direct exposure, potential exposure and/or for contact tracing reasons, impacted customers will receive a prorated refund or camp credit. For example, if a five day camp like Pure Sports is cancelled due to a direct COVID exposure on Wednesday, customers will be refunded or credited for Thursday and Friday.
Government / Health Dept Related – If camps are cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic federal, state and local health measures, refunds will be issued less 25% in processing and administrative fees. Alternately customers can opt to receive full credit for a future Tahoe Summer Camps offering.
What is the policy when physical distance, mask wearing or other COVID-19 safety guidance is breached at camp?
We will do our best to ensure covid related guidelines and protocols are being followed (please see Activities Modifications section for applicable exceptions). If, for some reason, after working with the participant and family we cannot, the participant may be removed from camp that day or week/s of camp. In this event, refunds may not be applicable.
CASE INVESTIGATIONS, EXPOSURE, AND REPORTING
Will Tahoe Summer Camps conduct a Case Investigation?
Yes, if there’s a direct or potential direct exposure, camp administrators will track, investigate and assess any COVID related illnesses as the situation dictates, which is typically daily in nature.
The family of a participant exposed to someone with COVID, or assumed to be exposed, will be contacted by a camp administrator. The administrator will check on the well being of the individual exposed, contact trace within the camp community, and follow next health steps, as requested by the Placer County Department of Health. Health information shared during this process will remain confidential and will only be shared with the Placer County Department of Health.
Read more about case investigation here.
Will Tahoe Summer Camps report a positive case to the Placer County Dept of Health?
Yes. The school (TEA) and camp (TSC) is in ongoing contact with local agencies and will report positive cases to the Placer County Department of Health.
Will the camp conduct contact tracing?
Yes. The camp will continue to do its best to track each person’s whereabouts while on campus via carefully monitoring who is on campus, daily attendance, assigning designated areas for cohorts to utilize and by preventing staff mixing between camps. An assigned administrator will utilize daily health screening, attendance records and Active Network systems tools, to aid the case investigation and contact tracing.
This information will help the camp do its best to isolate cohorts and cases, so as to keep as much of the camp open for in person camp experiences as possible.
Read more about contact tracing here.
What is the most up to date definition of ‘close contact’ with someone who has COVID-19?
Am I considered close contact if I am wearing a mask?
Yes, you are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a mask while you were around someone with COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other people in case you are infected, and not to protect you from becoming infected.
If I am in close contact with someone, should I get tested?
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should be tested, even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and report the results to Tahoe Summer Camps Director, Eric Martin, at email@example.com. Health information is confidential and will only be shared with the Placer County Dept of Health as needed.
What happens if you’re fully vaccinated and exposed to someone with COVID?
What happens if a camper or staff member is COVID positive (or potentially positive) and in direct contact with others in camp?
The respective camp will likely pause until the Case Investigation is performed and the incident is tracked and isolated. Tahoe Summer Camps administrators conduct a Case Investigation that includes the following steps (the below steps are situationally dependent):
- Communicate directly with anyone in the camp suspected to be in close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID to see how they are doing and ask them to follow these steps:
- If in close contact, the individual will be quarantined for 10 days from the date of exposure. Unless vaccinated – see below for more information.
- People who have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms should not need to quarantine if within close contact of someone with COVID-19. (FYI: “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed since the person got their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.)
- Get tested and report back the test to the camp as soon as possible.
- Communicate with the impacted camp cohort/s, regarding the situation, keeping all health information confidential. If the case cannot be isolated, all camps may need to shut down for the week.
- Communicate with the Placer County Department of Health and report the case as well as those in close contact. Placer County Public Health will coordinate to do contact tracing outside of camp.
- Contact trace the incident and determine the amount of closure needed at the camp and communicate with the community as soon as possible.
Will all camps close if there is one positive COVID case?
When the camp can confidently isolate the case and close contact to a particular cohort, then the camp will only shut down that cohort and/or associated camp. So long as cohorting rules and key safety protocols are followed other camps should remain open, as each is independent and isolated from others.
When we need more time to contact trace and the camp cannot confidently isolate the positive case and/or those in close contact to a particular cohort, then the camp will close in person instruction for the duration of the camp week OR until we can contact trace and reopen certain cohorts OR until those in close contact report back a negative test, whichever comes first.
In the event camp/s shut down due to a covid positive case, customers will have the linked refund, credit and cancellation options.
What happens to my camp registration fees if camp closes due to a COVID-19 direct or possible exposure?
If camps are cancelled due to a COVID-19 camp direct exposure, potential exposure and/or for contact tracing reasons, impacted customers will receive a prorated refund or camp credit. For example, if a five day camp like Pure Sports is cancelled due to a direct COVID exposure on Wednesday, customers will be refunded or credited for Thursday and Friday. More about customer refund, credit and cancellation options are outlined here.
In the event of positive COVID case or close contact COVID-19 exposure, what should the person do?
Anyone in camps who either tests positive or has had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID should not attend camp. And should report this information as soon as possible to Tahoe Summer Camps Director, Eric Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self reporting is critical in keeping our families, campers, staff and greater community safe and open. Please honestly answer these health questions on the first day of camp, know that if your child cannot attend camp your monies will be refunded, or credited in full. If your child develops symptoms please indicate so to Eric Martin and do not attend camp, until conditions are clear for 24hrs. Thank you for your cooperation and in helping us navigate this pandemic successfully.
Is health information confidential?
Health information is confidential, the name of the individual who tested positive will not be revealed to protect their private health information. Tahoe Expedition Academy DBA Tahoe Summer Camps is located in Martis Valley, Truckee, CA which is located in Placer County, thus health information will be confidentially reported to Placer County Health Dept. As required during COVID-19+ Case Investigations.
What if someone in my household has COVID-19?
Those living in a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID, must report this Tahoe Summer Camps Director, Eric Martin, at email@example.com. If someone in your household has COVID-19 no one in your household is permitted to attend a Tahoe Summer Camps offering until the doctor-advised quarantine period ends.
After recovering from COVID-19, when is it safe to be around others and return to camp?
- 10 days of quarantine has passed and
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
Note that these recommendations do not apply to persons with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised). These persons should follow the guidance here for “I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?”
Will face masks be required at camps?
Campers are required to wear masks during parent drop off and pick up, while indoors, and in vehicles. Masks are optional outside. The CDC recognizes that wearing masks may not be possible in every situation or for some people. Masks will not be worn during water related activities like Sailing and Swimming, please see outlined guidance in our Activities Modifications Section.
If your child chooses to wear their mask outside, breathing breaks will be prioritized throughout their camp day.
What are some of the proper ways to wear a face mask?
- When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself. Masks work best when everyone wears one.
- Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
- Masks should be worn any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- More info from CDC linked here.
What kind of mask should you wear?
According to the CDC, most people should wear a cloth mask or face coverings (face shields are not a replacement for masks).
- Wear masks with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
- Do not wear masks intended for healthcare workers, like an N95 respirator.
- The CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. The CDC is still evaluating them and their effectiveness is unknown.
TESTING INFO AND RESOURCES
Does the camp mandate testing for participants?
Tahoe Summer Camps does not require testing for registered day-camp participants.
Tahoe Summer Camps does require each overnight camper provide a COVID-19 negative test 72 hours prior to respective overnight camps offerings (ex: Backpacking or Advanced Backpacking). Staff assigned to these trips must also provide a negative test 72 hours prior to the backpacking trip.
Also, as per the CDC recommendation, the school/camp recommends anyone not vaccinated, who has been in close contact with a positive COVID case to get tested.
Will Tahoe Summer Camps staff get tested for COVID-19?
Tahoe Summer Camps guides and staff assigned to overnight backpacking trips must provide a negative test 72 hours prior to the assigned backpacking trip.
Where should I get tested locally?
Below are a few testing options for our families and staff; Tahoe Forest Hospital, LHI and CVS Pharmacy highlight the best local options and are linked below:
According to the California Department of Public Health, “the more people from outside their household with whom a person interacts, the closer the physical interaction is, the greater the physical exertion is, and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk that a person with COVID-19 infection may spread it to others.”
There is risk in attending summer camps, and specific outdoor activities including sailing, blacksmithing, mountain biking, backpacking, lacrosse and select others may be mask-optional and may at times break 6’ distancing guidance. The good news is these activities are outside where risk of transmission is extremely low.
However, if you are unable to accept this level of risk, we completely understand and ask that you consider registering next summer instead.
What modifications are Tahoe Summer Camps taking to mitigate health risks?
- Required weekly Health Screening for all campers, employees and staff.
- Participants interact primarily with their camp or cohort.
- Overnight campers and staff must provide a negative covid test within 72hrs of trip start.
- Eliminated all primarily indoor camps where ventilation, and shared supplies would present health issues. Summer ‘21 eliminated indoor camps include; STEM Robotics, Arduino, Video Production and Performing Arts.
- Many camp counselors and staff will be fully vaccinated, as many hires are professional educators and guides and were vaccinated in February ‘21.
- Reduced camp size to ~14 campers per camp cohort (depending on camp / activity).
- Drop off and pick up protocols, that recommend parents remain in vehicles, and allow for camper check in by assigned camp staff.
- 3Ws – Wear a Mask, Watch Your Distance, Wash Your Hands
- Physical distancing policies and procedures on campus.
- Continued good hygiene protocols, hand washing, hand sanitizer, and good hygiene prioritized daily.
- Updated air filtration systems and units for indoor learning activities and rest (IQ Air Systems).
- Ongoing consultation with school doctors, county health officials, legal, HR and other industry experts as needed.
- Increased personnel for and frequency of cleaning and disinfecting.
According to the CDC, no one should wear a mask when doing activities that may get your mask wet, like swimming at the beach or pool. A wet mask can make it difficult to breathe and may not work as well when wet. Mask may also reduce our ability to mitigate activity specific dangers presented by lake conditions, other boaters, cold water, submerged hazards etc.
While engaged in sailing activities at Tahoe Summer Camps, participants will learn how to capsize, self-rescue and sail in conditions that may result in man overboard, self-rescue and swimming situations. To reduce distractions and heighten water safety campers will not be required to wear masks while sailing.
Those campers who opt to wear a mask while sailing, should remove this when they accidentally or intentionally enter the water.
We will follow additional US Sailing Guidelines as necessary, linked here, key points are highlighted below. Note we anticipate updated guidance prior to Summer ‘21.
- When possible, household members will sail together in groups of 2, and no more.
- Masks are required during check in and check out. Masks optional on land during camp.
- RS Zests are limited to 2 sailors per vessel, partners will sail together for the entirety of the week. No mixing partners between vessels during the camp week.
- Camp capacities reduced to 10 campers per cohort max.
- Enhanced cleaning of shared surfaces, like tillers and tiller extensions.
- Masks are not to be worn while swimming.
According to the CDC, no one should wear a mask when doing activities that may get your mask wet, like swimming at the beach or pool. A wet mask can make it difficult to breathe and may not work as well when wet. Campers will remove masks while swimming. All swimming activities are to be supervised by camp employees at all times, internal field manuals outline this and more in complete detail.
Our commitment to risk management practices guides our operations; and the health and wellbeing of our participants, faculty, and staff is our priority.
Tahoe Summer Camps (Tahoe Expedition Academy tool) has an extensive history of operating in environments with risks. These risks are essential to achieving our educational and camps objectives. However, TSC also practices thoughtful and effective risk management. Contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is a new risk for everyone and (like other risks) cannot be eliminated.
Backpacking Adjustments include, but are not limited to:
- Required (by staff and campers) negative COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of overnight backpacking trip kick off.
- Masks will be optional while engaged in backpacking activities like hiking with loaded packs, setting camp, and while outside underway.
- Masks will be worn during transit between campus and trail head, and return trip, and indoors during pre trip setup and post trip wrap up.
- Each camper will have their own one person tent, unless family members or in the same pod as another camper, then a larger tent will be provided upon request.
- Meals will be prepared by trip guides, food, drink and utensils will not be shared.
Potential Backpacking Risks (Per Industry Standards, NOLS):
- At times, campers will be in close physical proximity to one another and/or instructors.
- There is potential of illnesses during backpacking trips. Communicable and other infectious diseases from insects, animals, or people such as diarrhea, flu-like or respiratory illness, and other debilitating or life-threatening conditions including COVID-19 and other diseases caused by coronaviruses may occur.
- First aid and assistance may require physical distancing protocols to be breached.
- Decisions made by guides, other staff, and campers will be based on a variety of perceptions and evaluations, which by their nature are imprecise and subject to errors in judgment.
CDC and AMGA industry standard guidance will be followed, and includes, but is not limited to the below:
- Check In / Out – Location moved entirely outdoors to reduce risk of virus spread.
- Distancing between Guide Groups – TEA will work with local outfitters like NASTC, ASI and Gateway to coordinate climbing locations to reduce site crowding and heavy traffic. Coordination like this, will prevent different climbing groups from mixing during the climbing day and week.
- PPE – Guides may wear gloves and masks if they’d prefer when checking participants’ harness, knots and other climbing essential safety equipment. Guides may wear masks when performing these safety procedures.
- Sanitizer – Guides will have sanitizer on hand for cleaning their hands and for participants to use.
Blacksmithing is a highly intense, creative, physically demanding art form and practice. Based on our decade of instruction, we are prioritizing mitigating risk of burns and other accidents over COVID-19 mitigation while participants are engaged in blacksmithing. Because of this baseline experience, and the intensity blacksmithing presents (especially in the summer months), masks will be optional outside and while engaged in the activity. All blacksmithing activities will take place outside to reduce risk of transmission. Campers and staff will wear masks when inside buildings or vehicles.
To mitigate injury or harm from archery based activities, masks will not be required when archery is underway to enhance instruction, focus, clarity and communication between participants and instructors. Mask are optional for campers and staff outside. Other modifications include, but are not limited to:
- Those engaged in the activity will be distanced 6’ from their nearest fellow camper when in the act of shooting.
- Activity will only take place outside, where risk of virus transmission is greatly reduced.
In accordance with US Lacrosse and CDC Guidance, lacrosse modifications will include the following:
- Masks will not be required while playing lacrosse, however campers can wear masks if they’d prefer.
- Before returning to practice-type activities, it’s imperative to conduct at a minimum, a two-week period of guided athletic skills training.
- Space equipment apart on sidelines to help maintain distancing.
- Make the most of the time together and pre-plan to avoid confined huddles and needless standing around.
Mountain biking during the summer months, at elevation, as happens in Lake Tahoe during Pure Sports Camp offerings requires the below accommodations for safe, healthy riding. These best practices are supported by the CDC and by NICA’s Nevada League:
- Masks must be worn inside vehicles during transit between campus and trailhead and back.
- Masks are optional outside. Masks are not required while riding, though are optional for those who feel more comfortable wearing one.
- Practice physical distancing, provide plenty of room when passing or allowing others to pass. Plan ahead for stopping areas to maintain distance.
CLEANING, HYGIENE AND MODIFICATIONS
What cleaning will be done on campus?
Our campus will be professionally cleaned and disinfected by our school custodian. Recommended cleaning protocols will be followed for this cleaning.
Who will be responsible for cleaning the campus?
We have hired a full time custodian to conduct daily cleaning of the campus. Also, camp staff will be equipped with ample non-toxic cleaning supplies to conduct frequent cleanings of high touch areas.
Will there be hand sanitizer available for campers and staff?
Yes. We will equip each classroom space with hand sanitizer.
How are we monitoring the health and safety of our people?
Parents will complete a weekly Health Survey for each camper prior to their first day of each registered camp. Assigned check in staff will administer a verbal health screening prior to exiting the vehicle. Tahoe Summer Camps employees will complete a Health Survey before reporting to work. Many employees are vaccinated as well.
Anyone arriving late must report to Alex Peugnet, Summer Camps Manager, at the Camps Admin Office.
Will the camp provide face masks for campers and staff who lose their face masks or forget to bring them to camp?
Yes we will have a sufficient supply of disposable masks in case a mask breaks, if forgotten or other incident. Each camper will be expected to provide their own face masks for daily use.
What camp classroom setup and modifications have been made?
All camps classroom spaces have been reviewed and updated to make them as safe as possible to support camper learning on campus for the number of campers assigned in them.
- IQ Air units within each indoor space.
- Following 3W’s inside buildings and classrooms.
- Activities by camp / cohort bands.
- Improved air ventilation by opening windows and doors during the day.
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting (deep cleaned every other day and high touch surfaces daily).
How will campers eat lunch and what measures will be taken to reduce risk of virus low?
- Campers are not allowed to share water bottles, food, plates, utensils etc.
- As usual, campers will bring their own snack, lunch and water bottle to camp.
- Campers will eat lunch outside, stationary and socially distant (6’ or greater)
- Campers’ use of microwaves will be prohibited.
- Campers will enjoy lunch, snacks, water in assigned camp cohorts, lunch schedules may be staggered to separate further.
Who will conduct first aid? How will this be done?
If an emergency medical situation or a progressive, likely emergency medical situation occurs immediate medical response will ensue by the nearest certified / trained camp employee. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and BSI (Body Substance Insulator) will be used as available to protect the victim and the responder. If the victim’s airway or breathing is a concern, issue or threat, then the victim’s mask is to be removed immediately. The camp employee and/or first responder/s will continue to provide care as needed and required given the medical emergency.
If the medical issue is a non-emergency, like a cut or scrape, the camper may be asked to administer self care. For a cut, stop bleeding with pressure, gauze, then wash wound with warm soap and water, last dry and cover with bandaid. In this instance of self care the camper will be supervised and helped as / if necessary.
TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS AND RESOURCES
What bus protocols are being implemented?
We have worked directly with the California Highway Patrol and Department of Motor Vehicles to determine our uses and risk mitigation protocols. For participant safety, we have adopted the following best practices for school transportation:
- The bus shall be disinfected after every trip. There is time built into transportation schedules to allow drivers to disinfect.
- All occupants of the bus will use face coverings at all times.
- Bus windows will be opened to increase ventilation and create an outdoor environment inside the bus.
- All riders will use hand sanitizer on entering the bus.
- To the extent possible, campers in the same camp will be grouped in the same section of the bus.
- Campers from the same household will be grouped into the same seats.
- Campers will follow entry and offloading procedures to include loading all the way to the back of the bus and unloading from front to back to maximize social distancing.
How many campers can ride on the bus with physical distancing?
One camper per seat, with the exception that campers who live in the same household may sit together.
How many COVID-19 vaccine doses are needed?
Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart
Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart
Get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible, but not less. However, if you can’t get it at the recommended interval, second doses may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There is limited data on how well these vaccines work beyond this window. But if the second dose is given after 42 days, there is no need to start over.
Be sure to get the same COVID-19 vaccine the second time that you got the first time. These vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccines. The safety and efficacy of mixing vaccines has not been tested.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. At this time, we do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.
What to Expect After Vaccination
Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive for COVID-19?
No. A vaccine will not cause you to test positive on viral tests.
If your body develops an immune response (the goal of vaccination), there is a possibility that you may test positive on antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate that you may have protection against the virus.
How is my privacy protected if I take the COVID-19 vaccine?
California law strictly limits how personal information about those who are vaccinated can be shared. California negotiated with the federal government to limit the required data sharing to only information that will not allow an individual to be identified.
Additional information can be found at key things to know about the COVID-19 vaccine. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html.
PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VACCINATED PERSONS AS WELL AS QUARANTINE
While mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID-19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission and how long protection lasts. In addition, the efficacy of the vaccines against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants is not known. At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use or SARS-CoV-2 testing.
However, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria†:
Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Although the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from vaccinated persons to others is still uncertain, vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19; symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission. Additionally, individual and societal benefits of avoiding unnecessary quarantine may outweigh the potential but unknown risk of transmission, and facilitate the direction of public health resources to persons at highest risk for transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to others. This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation.
Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated. In addition, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including all other SARS-CoV-2 testing recommendations and requirements, and state, territorial, tribal, and local travel recommendations or requirements. For additional considerations regarding quarantine or work restrictions for fully vaccinated healthcare personnel, patients, or residents in healthcare settings, please see section below.