We did it! Thanks to the hard work of impassioned nannies, agencies, and parents lobbying for change, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health finally did the right thing by reversing their original decision and acknowledging that nannies are in fact childcare workers thereby making them eligible for the COVID vaccine under Phase 1B. Earlier today the the language regarding eligibility on the Department of Public Health’s website was changed to include Domestic Workers, such as nannies, who work over 20 hours per week. This breaking news is bringing a sense of relief and joy to families and nannies alike, and we couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

Your nanny will be required to prove that he or she is eligible for the vaccine due to their work status by showing proof of employment through a pay stub and/or by providing a letter from their employer attesting they work over 20 hours each week. We would advise families to provide their nanny with a letter confirming employment as well as a pay stub. We have created a template letter that families may use to confirm their nanny’s employment which is available to all Westside Nannies clients. If you are a past or present client please reach out to your placement counselor and we will happily send you a copy.

Asking your nanny to get vaccinated can be critical for your family’s health, and as an employer you are able to require vaccination as a condition for employment. However, this isn’t a simple choice, and some nannies may be uncomfortable getting the vaccine, which could leave you and your family with a difficult decision. Should this be the case for your family, please don’t hesitate to give us a call – we’re here to help!

As always, if you are in need of childcare on a temporary or permanent basis please schedule a call with us. We have wonderful nannies who are ready to work and support families!