Accountable Healthcare Staffing is committed to supporting our travel healthcare professionals as we all continue to navigate this pandemic and the uncertainty that comes with it. Following are a few common questions we’ve received from our affiliate providers and some answers we can provide now.
Q: Will Accountable Healthcare Staffing provide vaccinations for healthcare travelers?
A: No. We are not a healthcare provider and do not expect to receive the vaccine. Instead, the healthcare facilities that healthcare professionals serve have the capabilities to safely store and administer the vaccine to our frontline clinical professionals and report to the state and national databases.
Q: Will Accountable Healthcare Staffing pay for healthcare travelers to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Early information indicates that the COVID-19 vaccine should be cost-free. Clients are not responsible for the cost of the vaccines. If there is a cost associated for administration, travelers may need to pay for the vaccine up front and then speak with their representing agency regarding reimbursement.
Q: Can the vaccine cause COVID-19?
A: No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
Q: Will Accountable Healthcare Staffing healthcare travelers be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: While there may be clients who seek to require travelers to be vaccinated, Accountable Healthcare Staffing will not require travelers to get a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of placement through our managed services program. That said, the CDC strongly recommends that clinical professionals get vaccinated.
Q: Will clients require the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: So far, none of the facilities we serve have told us that they will require travelers to receive the COVID19 vaccine, but this may change. The administration of the vaccine to frontline clinical professionals is
determined by the healthcare facilities.
Q: Will Clients offer the COVID vaccine to travelers, even if it’s not required?
A: This is per facility. Each healthcare facility has oversight over how it’s managing the administration of the vaccine. If a traveler receives a vaccination while on assignment, we may ask that you provide a copy of the traveler’s vaccination documentation for our traveler file.
Q: What happens if a traveler doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but the facility requires it?
A: So far, none of the facilities we serve have told us that they will require travelers to receive the COVID19 vaccine, and we won’t require it on our end. However, if a traveler were to be terminated due to refusing a hospital COVID-19 vaccine requirement, that would not impact future opportunities with Accountable Healthcare Staffing.
Q: If a traveler gets the first COVID-19 vaccine shot while on assignment, but the contract ends before the traveler can get the second shot, how and where do they get the second dose?
A: If possible, the traveler should get the first shot with at least 4-weeks left on the assignment. That will provide the best chance of getting both shots at the same facility. That said, whoever administers the vaccination should provide the traveler with documentation details of the vaccination, including the manufacturer. The traveler should retain that information if the traveler needs to secure the second shot at a new location. We also ask for a copy of the traveler’s documentation of the vaccination to be kept in the traveler’s file.
Q: What if I have more questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution to healthcare professionals?
A: We will continue to update you with information as it is available to us. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Accountable Healthcare Staffing representative. We’d also direct you to the following resources from the CDC:
How CDC is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
8 Things to Know About the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Frequently Asked Questions AboutCOVID-19 Vaccination
Last updated on 12/23/20