REQUIREMENT FOR IMMUNIZATION AGAINST COVID-19 FOR ALL WORKERS IN LICENSED HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND OTHER PRACTICING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS


216-RICR-20-15-8 ACTIVE RULE EMERGENCY RULE

Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 20 Community Health
Subchapter 15 Information for Health Care Professionals
Part 8 REQUIREMENT FOR IMMUNIZATION AGAINST COVID-19 FOR ALL WORKERS IN LICENSED HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND OTHER PRACTICING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Type of Filing Adoption
Regulation Status Active
Effective 08/17/2021 to 12/14/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-1-1
R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-1-17

Purpose and Reason :

This regulation is being promulgated to require all health care workers and health care providers to be immunized aginst COVID-19 by October 1, 2021. 

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, has mutated into a more contagious variant, known as the Delta variant. As of July 4, 2021, Rhode Island had a “moderate transmission” rate of 11.2 cases per 100,000 people, but as of August 17, 2021, Rhode Island’s transmission rate has increased to “high transmission” of more than 187 cases per 100,000 people. New hospitalizations by week have more than quadrupled within that same time period. Health care workers and health care providers interact with some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations: individuals who are immunocompromised and individuals with co-morbidities. These vulnerable populations are at risk for adverse health outcomes from COVID-19. As COVID-19 positive individuals are often asymptomatic or presymptomatic, health care workers and health care providers may unintentionally spread infection to these vulnerable patients. In order to protect these vulnerable populations, RIDOH is mandating that all health care workers and health care providers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1, 2021.