Once an employee is vaccinated, do they need to continue to wear face coverings and engage in other infection control measures?

Although guidance continues to change rapidly and the activities vaccinated individuals can do continue to increase, workplace rules have not changed. In California, most workplaces must follow the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 cases in the workplace. The ETS have been in effect since November 30, 2020, and require an employer to create a specific written COVID-19 prevention plan that includes how the employer will prevent and mitigate infections, such by requiring face coverings and physical distancing, and notifying and excluding employees from the workplace when infected or exposed.

Unfortunately, at this time, vaccines don’t alter any of these rules, and all employees and employers must continue to follow the ETS regardless of vaccination status.

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