Keeping Our Community Safe: Letter to Patients and Families
Dear patients and families,
As part of an effort to curb increasing COVID-19 cases in California, the state recently issued several public health orders, including a mandate ordering health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30.
Please know that Rady Children’s is in compliance. All health care workers will be fully vaccinated, and those with medical or religious exemptions are being tested twice weekly for COVID-19. Physicians and staff will also continue to wear facial coverings and appropriate personal protective equipment.
California has also mandated that hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities require visitors show they are fully vaccinated or that they have tested negative for coronavirus infection in the preceding 72 hours.
At Rady Children’s, we currently restrict visitors to only Partners in Care for the Hospital and clinics. All Partners in Care for inpatients must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lab-provided PCR or antigen test within 72 hours before entering. Inpatient Partners in Care who are not vaccinated must continue to provide a negative COVID-19 test result every 72 hours. All other visitors; including auditors, contractors and vendors; are required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination includes the official record card (digital photo or photocopy acceptable) or state digital record with QR code. At-home tests are not accepted.
The state mandate for testing visitors does not apply to physician offices, such as your pediatrician or specialist, or to outpatient clinics. The only approved visitors to clinics are Partners in Care. Anyone entering a Rady Children’s facility, regardless of vaccination status, must always wear an approved facial covering. Those wearing gaiters, bandanas, single-layer cloth masks or masks with exhalation valves will be provided a standard facial covering.
Partners in Care must follow infection control policies and have no symptoms of illness (including respiratory illness); be screened prior to entry; perform hand hygiene upon arrival, in the patient room and when leaving the room; wear an approved facial covering at all times; and remain in the patient room for the entire visit and notify nursing staff when ready to leave.
Your care team also wants to make sure you are aware of vaccination and testing resources available to you and your family. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to anyone ages 5 and up. If you are looking for vaccine locations, you can see all available locations at MyTurn.ca.gov. See instructions to schedule directly with Rady Children’s at http://www.rchsd.org/covid.
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Rady Children’s currently offers testing as part of scheduled appointments but does NOT have a walk-in testing site. If you are looking for COVID-19 testing outside of an already scheduled appointment, please use the following resources:
Rady Children’s COVID Collaborative for Children
Sign up to request a testing appointment through Rady Children’s Hospital:
NOTE: As of Monday, Aug. 23, Rady Children’s testing clinic for patients and Collaborative participants has moved to the parking lot near the vaccine clinic, at 8001 Frost Street.
San Diego County Testing Locations
Locate a testing site through San Diego County:
Thank you for doing your part to help end the pandemic.