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According to London Breed, the city of San Francisco will be moving into Phase 1B starting February 24th.

We’d like to share information directly from the International Nanny Association that may help childcare providers access the vaccine as soon as possible. The information below was created by the INA, and can also be found on their website www.nanny.org.

 

 

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 memberservices@nanny.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 that states 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 if this is needed.

  • 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 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.
  • Thank you for the time they took to help you.

 

LETTER FROM EMPLOYER TEMPLATE:

[Employer’s Name]

[Employer’s Email]

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.

Sincerely,

[Nanny Employer’s Name]