Bright Horizons FAQs: Vaccinations & Health & Safety
Updated as of March 11, 2022
Updated as of March 11, 2022
Bright Horizons is strongly encouraging all staff members who are safely able to receive the vaccine to do so. Bright Horizons has the “My Shot to Fight COVID” campaign, which includes gift cards for fully vaccinated and for boosted staff members and provides a variety of educational materials and resources to inform staff members about the vaccine’s safety and where to get it. Bright Horizons is not mandating vaccinations at this time. Consistent with the majority of employers, Bright Horizons continues to encourage vaccinations and boosters and requires those who are not or cannot be vaccinated to participate in our weekly COVID-19 testing program. Masking protocols and other enhanced protocols continue to apply to all staff, whether they are vaccinated or not. For a more complete discussion of those enhanced protocols please refer to “How is Bright Horizons keeping COVID-19 out of its centers?” above.
The policies for exclusion due to exposure or illness set forth in Bright Horizons’ In-Home Provider COVID-19 Policy and In-Home Provider Health Check and Illness Policy- COVID-19 apply to all in-home caregivers, care recipients and their respective households. In addition, Bright Horizons requires all in-home caregivers and families to comply with the In-Home Care Mask/Face Covering Policy-COVID-19 which requires all adults and all children over 5 to wear a mask during a care session. These polices are available HERE. As a best practice, in-home providers are requested to make an introductory call to the family prior to the date of care to provide an opportunity for both to confirm their understanding of and ability to comply with the health and safety requirements, including the household health check and masking.
Unfortunately we cannot enable or fulfill requests for a vaccinated caregiver at this time. It is critical to understand, however, that we have never relied on vaccination status to create or adjust our health and safety protocols. We continue to operate under the same health and safety protocols we operated under when vaccines and testing were not available at all. Recent events including the arrival of the Delta and Omicron variants, variants which are highly transmissible even by vaccinated individuals, have demonstrated that Bright Horizons made the right decision to rely on those protocols and policies developed based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local authorities, and with the assistance of our health expert, a pediatric infectious disease specialist from Boston Children’s Hospital that have served so well since the inception of the pandemic. Those policies are available for your review HERE and HERE.