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California Department of Public Health Order

Effective August 11, 2021

Hospital visitors must show proof of their fully vaccinated* status or show proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test collected within the past 72 hours (see detail below). 

  • Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks or more after receiving their second dose of an approved two-dose vaccine ( e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or other vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization) or two weeks or more after receiving a single-dose vaccination (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).

COVID-19 Vaccination

Acceptable forms for proof of vaccination include:

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO “Yellow Card” for foreign visitors) which includes: name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered.
  2. Photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document. 
  3. Photo of a Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device.
  4. Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates, and vaccine type.
  5. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider.

Negative SARS-CoV-2 Test

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors may be permitted to visit under the following circumstances:

  1. Show proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test with specimen collection within 72 hours before each visit.
  2. Documented test results must be presented each visit to enter the hospital facilities.
  3. A PCR test or an antigen test is acceptable; however, the test must either be approved for Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

All visitors, regardless of vaccination status or test results, must follow personal protective equipment (PPE) and physical distancing requirements (see detail below).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  1. A well-fitting mask (surgical or double-mask) must be worn upon entry and at all times while in the facility.
  2. Additional PPE, as directed by hospital personnel due to the specific patient conditions, must be worn at all times while in the patient’s room.

Physical (Social) Distancing

All visitors must physically distance (socially distance) themselves from healthcare personnel and other patients/visitors (not part of their group) at all times while in the facility.