Published: March 20, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Nursing home workers are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine before October 18, as part of a vaccine and testing policy that Governor Kate Brown announced in August. 

Q: What should I do if I’m worried about exposure in my facility?

A: If you are worried about exposures in your facility you should reach out to your DNS, union steward, and/or infection control specialist. They would be able to give you information specific to your facility.

Q: I had to stay home or was quarantined because of COVID-19 exposure or positive test. Will I get paid?

A: It depends where you work. At Avamere, our largest nursing home employer, we signed a letter of agreement to ensure that workers will be able to access a paid time off (PTO) pool benefit, before using their own PTO. At other nursing homes, workers may have to use their own PTO. Unemployment benefits, detailed below, are also available to help anyone impacted by COVID-19 and rules around unemployment have been loosened to help people temporarily out of work due to quarantine or child care issues.

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Child Care

If you are continuing to work during this public health emergency and need child care, please call 211info to get connected with a provider as soon as possible. We’ve put together a guide for SEIU members who are trying to apply.

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