Immunization, Testing, and Health Screening for Health Care Workers (216-RICR-20-15-7)


Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 20 Community Health
Subchapter 15 Information for Health Care Professionals
Part 7 Immunization, Testing, and Health Screening for Health Care Workers (216-RICR-20-15-7)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 07/09/2021 to 11/04/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-17 and § 23-17.7.1

Purpose and Reason :

To require that health care facilities and nursing services agencies maintain proof of the COVID-19 vaccination status of their health care workers and publicly post aggregated COVID-19 vaccination data within the facility and on the facility’s website. 

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

As of July 6, 2021, powers conferred upon the governor by law for disaster emergency response cannot exceed a period of one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of the emergency order or proclamation of a state of disaster emergency, unless and until the general assembly extends the one hundred eighty (180) day period by concurrent resolution. Despite temporary preservation by law of the March 9, 2020 Declaration of Disaster and several related executive orders, a number of COVID-19-related executive orders have terminated. Certain provisions within those terminated executive orders remain necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare from imminent peril due to COVID-19. This emergency rule is being promulgated contemporaneously with a proposed final rule in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.