The information in this post is outdated. Please refer to updated information regarding nannies and the vaccine distribution HERE.
The much-awaited vaccines for Covid-19 are finally out for distribution, which has led parents to ask “When can my nanny get the vaccine?” The answer is…a little complicated, so let’s dive in. According to the California’s tiered plan those working in education and childcare are in Phase 1B Tier One. Los Angeles county expects that vaccinations will begin for those in Phase 1B in early February and that everyone in this phase should have been offered at least one dose of the vaccine by late March. Currently the description for “childcare” indicates only licensed childcare facilities and home daycares, but we believe this to be because in-home childcare providers are often forgotten when creating policy.
When we look to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the O*NET definition of childcare very clearly includes in-home childcare in the description which would indicate that nannies are included when a state, county, or municipality is using the term “childcare” worker. Thus, it is our belief that nannies do qualify as childcare workers and will be eligible to get vaccinated in Phase 1B Tier One. However, it is important to keep in mind that the ultimate decision will be determined at each vaccination site by the person or persons tasked with approving or denying eligibility, based upon the paperwork provided by each individual. Although we hope that it will not be necessary, your nanny should be ready to advocate for themselves and make the case (if challenged) that he or she is an essential childcare worker – one which we fully believe and support. Your nanny will also 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, a work ID or work badge, or providing a letter from their employer. We would advise clients to provide their nanny with a letter confirming employment as well as a pay stub. Some families are also considering creating an employment badge for their nanny with his or her work details. As has been the case in the past, this information may be updated to provide more clarity in the coming weeks. We advise families to sign up for vaccine alerts, and if you are in Los Angeles County you can sign up for the vaccine newsletter here.
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.
This content is our interpretation of the vaccine distribution phases based upon the reasonable interpretation of the information we have at the time of publication provided by federal, state, county, and local authorities. Please be advised that we are providing this as information only on these matters and are not providing legal advice. We would encourage you to seek your own independent legal opinions from an attorney of your choice, or from one of our industry attorneys, Lisa Pierson Weinberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.927.5559 or Bob King at email@example.com or 714.336.8864.