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Requirement for Immunization Against COVID-19 for All Licensed Healthcare Workers

The Rhode Island Department of Health requires that all employees, interns, and volunteers in RIDOH-licensed healthcare facilities and all RIDOH-licensed healthcare providers must receive their final dose of COVID-19 vaccine by October 1, 2021, effective August 18.

The regulation applies to all individuals who work in RIDOH-licensed health care facilities and all licensed healthcare providers, whether they work in a licensed facility or not. "Healthcare worker" means any person who is temporarily or permanently employed by or at, or who serves as a volunteer in, or has an employment contract with, a RIDOH-licensed healthcare facility, and has or may have direct contact with a patient in that health care facility. “Healthcare provider” means any person licensed by RIDOH to provide or otherwise lawfully providing health care services.

Prior to October 1, any worker in a RIDOH-licensed healthcare facility who is not vaccinated is required to wear a face mask and be tested at least twice weekly. All RIDOH-licensed healthcare providers who are not vaccinated and do not work in a RIDOH-licensed healthcare facility are required to wear a mask during patient interaction.

All RIDOH-licensed healthcare providers who are not vaccinated by October 1st may be subject to financial penalties and/or suspension/revocation of their license (unless they provide proof of a medical exemption).

If you have a question that is not captured in the current Frequently Asked Questions document, please send us a message. Legal questions may not be answered as facilities and employees should review legal questions internally with their legal counsel. We will use the questions we receive to update our Frequently Asked Questions document. Due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond right away. Thank you for your time and patience.