As we navigate the rapidly changing information around the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, many professional care providers are looking for guidance.
We are happy to share the following vital information directly from the International Nanny Association that can help you and your employer access the vaccine as soon as possible. The information below was created by the INA, and can also be found on their website here!
We have just published a Press Release stating that Nannies are Essential Workers and therefore, we believe that nannies in the US should be eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B. This is based on the US Department of Labor Statistics which states that nannies are childcare providers and the recommendations of the CDC, which state that child care providers are essential employees. We encourage you to use this information as you need it and share it with your networks.
Furthermore, there are some places that are requiring proof that the nanny is in a professional organization. Those of you that are current members of the INA can follow these steps to access your Membership Certificate and use it as proof if needed.
- Go to nanny.org and click “log in” at the top right side of the screen.
- Enter your login information (email firstname.lastname@example.org for help with this.)
- Once in, go to “My Account” and then “Membership”.
- You will see a green “Print” button. Click this to either print it to a printer or save it as a PDF.
Finally, we know that in some places, they are requiring a letter signed by your employers stating that you are their employee and an essential part of their home. Asking your employer for this can be difficult. We have a few talking points to help you prepare, as well as a template (see template below) that you can edit and use.
- Plan what you want to say. Some people find it helpful to write down what they want to say and others prefer to rehearse what they will say. Either way, it is important to have a plan.
- Be direct and specific. It is really easy to have a simple conversation devolve into a debate. In this situation, with all the opinions about the Vaccine, this is even more important. Say something like “I want to get the Covid Vaccine, but in order to qualify for it right now, I need you to sign this document saying that I am your nanny.”
- Make helping you easy. Come prepared with everything they will need to be able to help you. In this case, having the document (see template below) you need to be signed ready for them to read over and fill out and or sign will be a great deal of help. They likely won’t know any more than you do, and if you have something they can sign, it is a simple solution for them to complete the task.
Letter From Employer Template:
To Whom It May Concern:
[Nanny’s Name] is employed as a nanny in my home for [number of hours worked per week] hours a week. [Nanny’s Name] is an essential part of our family bringing stability to our children during this difficult time. Just as other essential workers, [Nanny’s Name] has taken on extra responsibilities in order for us to get through this pandemic.
[Nanny Employer’s Name]
The International Nanny Association’s mission is to serve as the umbrella association for the in-home child care industry by providing information, education, and guidance to the public and to industry professionals. INA members include nannies, newborn care specialists, nanny employers, nanny agencies, educators, and industry service providers. Since 1985, INA has worked to professionalize the industry by setting high standards for industry professionals and nanny agencies. INA leverages the expertise of industry professionals from around the globe to help increase awareness about the industry, to develop the professional skills of nannies, and to educate parents about the benefits of hiring a qualified nanny to care for their children. https://nanny.org/
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