Updated COVID-19 Safety Practices
In the summer of 2024, we will no longer be requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for volunteers. However, we strongly recommend all participants are up to date with all immunizations per CDC guidelines, including new COVID-19 vaccines as they become available.
SSP does work in medically vulnerable communities. We want to do all we can to protect underresourced residents, along with staff and volunteers. To ensure the comprehensive safety of all, we follow these procedures:
Prior to arrival:
- Reduce exposure to potential positive COVID-19 cases. Any known exposure to a positive case within 10 days means the volunteer should reschedule for a later date.
- Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from as close to arrival as possible. Rapid antigen at-home tests are preferred.
During the program:
- Test mid-week: 48 hours after arrival everyone will test again, and as needed as symptoms or known exposures arise. SSP will coordinate and provide tests.
- Positive cases: In the event someone becomes symptomatic or tests positive at SSP, that person will isolate, and others who meet High-Risk Exposure criteria will also be tested daily and increase mask usage to prevent spread during the incubation period.
- High-Risk Exposure: 15+ minutes unmasked, less than 6’ apart in enclosed space
- Those who test positive have two options:
- Isolate on site for the duration of the week; OR
- Depart and travel home. SSP encourages this for those with symptoms.
After the program:
- Notify SSP staff of any positive cases in the volunteer group within 48 hours after leaving the program. This helps us identify follow-up testing for staff as necessary.
We will publish any additional safety-related information as the summer approaches.
Contact us: Info@SierraServiceProject.org