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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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The federal government has been working since the start of the pandemic to make a COVID-19 vaccine available. This accelerated timeline has raised concerns for some that safety may be sacrificed in favor of speed. However, this was not the case. Safety remains a top priority; this vaccine has gone through significant peer, state and federal review. Rather than eliminating steps from traditional development timelines, steps have proceeded simultaneously, such as starting manufacturing of the vacc...
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Both COVID-19 and the vaccines are new. We do not know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or for those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for hundreds of thousands of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice. Keep in mind, however, that we will still need to practice additional precautions such as wearing a mask, social distan...
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How do we know if COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

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COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and an authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks. CDC&rsquo...
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How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

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Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be provided at no cost. Providers who participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program contractually agree to administer a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of an individual’s ability to pay and regardless of coverage status, and also may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from a vaccine recipient. Providers who have questions about billing or reimbursement of vaccine administration for patients covered by pri...
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Enrollment in the new California COVID-19 Vaccination Program is currently limited. However, when enrollment is expanded, the following requirements will apply:Providers must be credentialed/licensed in the jurisdiction where vaccination takes place; complete all required training; and comply with federal and state requirements, which include: Administering the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)...
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Enrollment in the new California COVID-19 Vaccination Program is currently limited. However, when enrollment is expanded, the following requirements will apply:While there is no blanket exemption for physicians under the emergency standards, the standards do not apply to employers and employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) regulation, California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 5199. The ATD standards, in turn, apply to employees at many different types of heal...
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The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously adopted emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 prevention in the workplace. The standards became binding and enforceable on November 30, 2020. The emergency standards require employers to develop and implement a written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP), which is modeled on the existing Cal/OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) that all California employers are required to maintain.
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Employees with a qualifying childcare need have a right to take emergency sick leave or emergency family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA). Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor clarified that a school is considered “closed” for purposes of FFCRA eligibility even if the student still receives some or all instruction in a virtual format. Thus, employees may have a right to take leave to care for their children if they are attending...
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Yes. The California Department of Labor has indicated that an employee may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation If they are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work. Workers’ Compensation law would allow an employee access to medical treatment as well as wage replacementOn May 6, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 to clarify the avaibility of workers' compensation benefits for COVI...
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance concerning best practices for those employers whose operations are part of critical infrastructure, including the healthcare sector, in the event an employee may have had exposure to a person with COVID-19.  The guidance suggests that workers who have been exposed but remain asymptomatic adhere to the following before and during their shifts: Employers should take the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to...
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