COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), which requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all staff, contractors working directly with children, and volunteers. The HSPPS requires individuals to be fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022.
Vaccination and masking are essential components necessary to returning to full comprehensive Head Start services.
On Sept. 9, 2021, Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden's COVID-19 Action Plan was released. Under the Action Plan, the Biden-Harris administration required the nearly 300,000 staff at Head Start programs across the country to be vaccinated. President Biden also called on state governors to require vaccinations for all teachers and school staff, as now required in federally-funded schools.
Through this IFC, the Office of Head Start (OHS) is exercising its legal authority to add a mask and vaccine requirement for grant recipient staff to the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).
Federal Register: Vaccine and Mask Requirements To Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 in Head Start Programs
There is no cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., regardless of insurance or immigration status.