Philadelphia Health Commissioner Issues Guidance On Health Care Worker Definition For COVID-19 Vaccine
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health released a letter offering guidance on the definition of a Healthcare Worker, regarding COVID-19 vaccination program planning. The letter defines a Healthcare Worker as a person who delivers care or services to patients, as prevention, diagnosis, or treatment, either directly as doctors and nurses or indirectly as aides, helpers, or laboratory technicians, among others. These positions have direct contact with patients, clinical specimens, or interact in the environment of patients. Most staff at Behavioral Health and Drug and Alcohol Treatment facilities in Philadelphia can be considered as Healthcare Workers and, therefore, eligible for COVID-19 vaccination under phase 1A of vaccine distribution.