EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2022

 

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

 

Our Board of Directors has been grappling with how best to be true to our Mission of providing guests “with accommodations in a safe and comfortable home-like setting,” given this long and ever-changing COVID-19 challenge. Our major concern is protecting all who live and work here, especially our young patients, most of whom cannot be vaccinated.

 

After careful consideration, and in consultation with key medical personnel, the Board of Directors at The Boston House has decided to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine. This includes staff, volunteers, vendors, and families who stay at The House. This policy is designed to add another layer of protection for all of us, especially the children who are in active treatment.

 

We understand that this policy is a bit different from the hospitals’ current policies and may affect a small number of guests, although we hope not. This was not an easy decision for our Board, but we recognize that we have a responsibility for our guests and staff, and we are not a hospital, nor do we have the same resources that hospitals have.

Please know that all staff, volunteers, and workers who come into The House have been fully vaccinated and have received the booster. We hope that most or all of you are fully vaccinated and boosted as well.

However, if you are not vaccinated, and you are eligible to stay at The House, you must at least start the vaccination process before your next stay. Thus, beginning on March 1, 2022, to stay at The House, you must show official proof* of having had the vaccine. The following explains what is needed:

 

THE MODERNA VACCINE

  • If you have not been vaccinated at all, you must receive the 1st dose and have an appointment set for the 2nd dose 28 days later, in order to stay at The House;

  • If you have received the 1st dose and 28 days have lapsed since the 1st dose, you must receive the 2nd dose, and have an appointment set for the booster 5 months later, order to stay at The House; and

  • If you have received both doses and 5 months have lapsed since the 2nd dose, you must have the booster. If 5 months have not lapsed since the 2nd dose, you must have an appointment set for the booster 5 months after the 2nd dose.

 

THE PFIZER VACCINE

  • If you have not been vaccinated at all, you must receive the 1st dose and have an appointment set for the 2nd dose 21 days later, in order to stay at The House;

  • If you have received the 1st dose and 21 days have lapsed since the 1st dose, you must receive the 2nd dose, and have an appointment set for the booster 5 months later, order to stay at The House; and

  • If you have received both doses and 5 months have lapsed since the 2nd dose, you must have the booster. If 5 months have not lapsed since the 2nd dose, you must have an appointment set for the booster 5 months after the 2nd dose.

THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE

  • If you have not been vaccinated at all, you must receive the 1 dose and have an appointment set for the booster 2 months later, in order to stay at The House;

  • If you have received the 1 dose and 2 months have lapsed since the 1 dose, you must have the booster, in order to stay at The House. If 2 months have not lapsed since the 1 dose, you must have an appointment set for the booster 2 months after the one dose in order to stay at The House.

 

If you are fully vaccinated, you must receive the booster shot as soon as you are eligible--five months after your 2nd vaccine (for Moderna and Pfizer) and 2 months after your 1 vaccine (for J&J) before you can stay here.

 

You will eventually be required to be fully vaccinated and boosted to stay at The Boston House.

 

We hope this policy is not a problem for you. Rather, we hope it is reassuring in that you will know when you stay here that another layer of protection has been added, one that will further shield you and your child from the virus.

 

Thank you,

Peg and Andy

On behalf of the Board of Directors

 

(Please note: This policy is subject to revision due to the evolving nature of the pandemic.)

 

*You can use your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card or a copy of your vaccination record (digital or paper) as proof of vaccination. If you have lost your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to request a vaccination card or to get a copy of your vaccination record. If you cannot contact your vaccination provider site directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems. Your state’s IIS cannot issue you a vaccination card, but they can provide a digital or paper copy of your vaccination record. If you need another COVID-19 vaccine dose and are unable to get a copy of your vaccination card or vaccination record, talk to a vaccination provider. Please contact your state health department if you have additional questions about vaccination records. Your local or state health department can also provide more information about the laws or regulations in your area.