- Why doesn’t the policy go into effect until October 18?
We want to best afford our members, parents with minor children over age 12, and staff who have yet to be vaccinated the opportunity to do so before our policy takes effect. This gives currently unvaccinated individuals seven full weeks from our announcement to be become “fully vaccinated” (two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks past a single Johnson & Johnson vaccine). We do not view success as denying people access to the JCC; rather we strive to influence more people to make the decision to become vaccinated.
- Why isn’t the JCC allowing members and guests to present recent COVID test results in lieu of vaccines?
Throughout the pandemic, we have maintained consistent protocols for both professional staff and members and guests. Following this approach, we believe that our requirement that all professional staff must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021 (with no exception for negative test results), should apply also to our members and guests. Furthermore, the frequency in which our members and program participants are typically present at the JCC makes accepting COVID tests in lieu of vaccines logistically impractical.
- Is indoor mask wearing still required?
Yes – for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while Allegheny County remains in high/substantial community transmission rate. Any changes in our mask requirements will be communicated to you at a later time.
- What about health screenings and temperature checks upon entry into a JCC facility?
Effective, August 24, 2021, the JCC is no longer performing health screenings or temperature checks. Instead, there are signs posted at our front desks reminding members, guests and staff that they should not enter our facilities if they are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms or have not completed at least a 10-day period of isolation after having tested positive for Covid-19.
- What about your letter to members mentions that proof of vaccination will not be required for JCC services provided through a contract with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging. Are there any other programs that will be excluded from the vaccine mandate?
Yes. Programs for which participants may receive government funding, such as early childhood and our after-school offering, will not require a Covid-19 vaccination, though it is highly encouraged. However, should any children within these programs seek to participate in JCC enrichment activities, including swim lessons, basketball clinic, JDays, etc., the vaccine mandate will be applied to them and their household members.
- This is private health information—why does the JCC think it can require it?
We have consulted with outside legal experts who assure us that verifying vaccination status does not infringe on your legal rights.
- How do I show proof of vaccination when I arrive?
Any member who is 12 years and older should be prepared to bring in proof of vaccination upon arrival at a JCC facility. Our front desk staff will take note of your proof within our customer relationship management system and will not store any detailed information other than your vaccination status.
- Can I email a picture of my vaccination card instead of bringing it instead of bringing it in?
Since your vaccination card contains protected health information, please do not send it to us. You must bring proof to us in person, and you only need to bring it in person one time.
- What if I forget to bring proof of vaccination on or after October 18, 2021?
Unfortunately, unless you are not age eligible for a vaccination, have been granted a medical or religious/moral exemption or participating only in a government funded program, you must show proof of vaccination to enter. No exceptions will be allowed.
- What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from getting vaccinated or a religious/moral objection to getting vaccinated?
We will accommodate medical and religious exemptions based on an individual evaluation of necessary documentation. If you believe you qualify for an exemption, please go to the tab below titled, “Forms to Request COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption” and complete the required information. The JCC will carefully review each request and determine if the request should be granted. After your request has been reviewed and processed, you will be notified, in writing, if an exemption has been granted or denied. The decision is final and not subject to appeal. Individuals are permitted to reapply if new documentation and information should become available. If your request for exemption is accepted, you must comply with additional mitigation requirements.
- I have no intention of getting vaccinated, so what now?
We wish you would reconsider your choice because this is a matter of public health. As we get closer to October 18, we will provide you with an update on how you can modify your membership status should you remain unvaccinated.
- Alright, you convinced me. How can I get vaccinated?
Follow this link to the Allegheny County Health Department vaccine information homepage that provides further information for you.
Note: After October 18, people can enter the JCC facilities if they produce appropriate Covid Vaccine documentation, as detailed above.