COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Mask Guidance

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Mask Guidance

Pet Partners’ mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. As part of our mission, concern for client safety and the safety of our volunteers is paramount.

In response to the high degree of transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19, at this time we are requiring those participating in Pet Partners in-person activities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to follow the masking guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and applicable local public health guidance.

For the purposes of this policy and consistent with CDC guidance, “fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have elapsed since the individual received the full course of the COVID-19 dose(s) for the vaccine type the individual was administered.

While this policy is in effect, no registered or prospective volunteer who is not fully vaccinated may participate in an in-person Pet Partners therapy animal visit, Pet Partners team evaluation, or Pet Partners instructor-led workshop.

We understand there are many reasons why some cannot be or have chosen not to be vaccinated. If you will not be fully vaccinated before your next scheduled in-person Pet Partners activity, we kindly ask you to cancel any upcoming visits or events. Unvaccinated handlers are encouraged to continue participating in virtual visits. We look forward to having you resume in-person therapy animal program activities as soon as your vaccination is complete or once the public health situation changes.

If you do not plan to become vaccinated, we want to thank you for everything you do as a Pet Partners volunteer, and we look forward to having you resume in-person therapy animal program activities once the public health situation changes.

This policy remains in effect until formally rescinded by Pet Partners.
FAQ: COVID-19 Vaccination Policy