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Aug 9 2021

Vaccination Requirements for Hospital Visitation per California Department of Public Health Order

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Beginning this Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Huntington Hospital will comply with California Department of Public Health’s recent order requiring that all visitors to our hospital present proof of being fully vaccinated (defined in the order and below) or show proof of negative results of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entering. Below is accepted proof of vaccination and test requirements per the order.

If you are fully vaccinated, prior to entering our facility you must present:

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered); OR
  2. a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
  3. a photo of the client’s Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
  4. documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
  5. digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, prior to entering our facility you are required to present:

  1. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors are eligible for indoor visits only if they can show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test where the specimen collection occurred within 72 hours before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility.
  2. Visitors may use either PCR testing or antigen testing. Any PCR or antigen test used must either have Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Mask, personal protective equipment, and physical distancing requirements:

  1. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status or test result, must:
    a. Wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical mask or double masking is recommended) upon entry and at all times within the facility;
    b. Wear any other personal protective equipment (PPE) while in the patient’s room that facility personnel deem appropriate to the situation; and
  2. Physically distance from health care personnel and other patients/residents/visitors that are not part of their group at all times while in the facility.

Visitors will not be permitted inside our facility without proper documentation. Visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent, are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements of this Order.

Please note, the Order defines “Fully Vaccinated” and “Incompletely Vaccinated” as follows:

“Fully Vaccinated” means individuals who are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19: two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized for emergency use:

“Incompletely vaccinated” means persons who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine but do not meet the definition of fully vaccinated.

For more information about the health order, please go to: Order of the State Public Health Officer Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings

As a reminder, Huntington’s visitation policy is updated frequently. To see the latest visitor policy, please go to: Visitor Information | Huntington Hospital