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HRLA COVID-19 UPDATES (as of September 7, 2021)

Notice for Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Licensees (Health Professionals)

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
All licensees in the District of Columbia are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Licensees must have the single dose Jansen COVID-19 vaccine, or at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by September 30, 2021, with the second dose of said vaccines obtained within the recommended time frames.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action against your license, including but not limited to suspension, revocation, or non-renewal of said license.

Report Your COVID-19 Vaccination Status 
DC Health has created an online vaccine reporting tool which can be accessed by going to https://doh.force.com/ver/s/vaccinereporting.  All licensed and unlicensed health care workers must report their vaccine status via this online tool.  Individuals who meet the requirements for an exemption to the vaccine mandate will also be able to submit a request for an exemption via this tool. 

COVID-19 Continuing Education (CE) Requirement
The following licensed professions must complete at least two (2) hours of continuing education on COVID-19 vaccines, including but not limited to COVID-19 vaccine safety, best practices for counseling patients about COVID-19 vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and effectiveness, on or before September 30, 2021:

  1. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  2. Audiologist
  3. Chiropractor
  4. Dentist
  5. Dietician
  6. Doctor of Osteopath
  7. Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  8. Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
  9. Licensed Graduate Social Worker
  10. Independent Clinical Social Worker
  11. Licensed Practical Nurse
  12. Licensed Professional Counselor
  13. Long Term Care Administrator
  14. Marriage and Family Therapist
  15. Medical Doctor
  16. Nutritionist
  17. Occupational Therapist
  18. Optometrist
  19. Pharmacist
  20. Physical Therapist
  21. Physician Assistant
  22. Podiatrist
  23. Psychologist
  24. Registered Nurse
  25. Respiratory Care Therapist; or
  26. Specch Language Pathologist.

Licensees should retain proof of your Covid-19 vaccination Continuing Education courses taken to submit at the next renewal. A list of optional courses is provided below:

Courses: 

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Training Modules
CDC  (4 modules totaling: 1.75)   
https://www2.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/covid19/  

COVID-19 Vaccination: A Communication Guide for Providers
Yale  (1.0) 
https://yale.cloud-cme.com/course/courseoverview?P=0&EID=24141  

Vaccinating Adolescents: Injectable Vaccines
CDC  (0.5) 
https://www2.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/covid19/videos/adolescent/adolescent.asp  

COVID-19 Vaccine: Practical Clinical Considerations
American College of Physicians  (1.0)   
https://www.acponline.org/cme-moc/online-learning-center/covid-19-vaccine-practical-clinical-considerations  

COVID-19 Vaccine: Promoting Vaccine Acceptance
American College of Physicians  (1.0)  
https://www.acponline.org/cme-moc/online-learning-center/covid-19-vaccine-promoting-vaccine-acceptance   

COVID-19: Vaccine Education and Debunking Myth
Mayo  (1.5)   
https://ce.mayo.edu/online-education/content/covid-19-vaccine-education-and-debunking-myth-online-cme-course  

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myths, Mysteries, Misinformation, Myopia and Miracles
Mayo  (1.5)  
https://ce.mayo.edu/online-education/content/covid-19-vaccines-myths-mysteries-misinformation-myopia-and-miracles-online-cme-course  

Licensure Waiver:

COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, go to coronavirus.dc.gov .