June 1, 2021 marks the start of Santa Clara County’s new vaccination tracking mandate. A May 18, 2021 Order of the Santa Clara County Health Officer requires businesses to comply with specific safety measures, focused on COVID-19 case reporting, vaccination and the use of face coverings indoors. Taking seriously its intent to protect the community and increase vaccination rates to reduce transmission of COVID-19 long-term, the Order provides for fines, imprisonment or both for those failing to comply.

All individuals and businesses within the County are subject to the Order[1] which mandates businesses to require all personnel to immediately alert their employer if they test positive for COVID-19 and were present in the workplace either:

  • within the 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms or within 10 days after onset of symptoms if they were symptomatic; or
  • within 48 hours prior to the date on which they were tested or within 10 days after the date on which they were tested if they were asymptomatic. 

Businesses notified of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, present in the workplace during this timeframe, must report the positive case within 24 hours to the County Public Health Department.

The Order also requires businesses to ascertain the vaccination status of all personnel within 14 days of the effective date of the Order (June 14, 2021). The duty to ascertain vaccination status is ongoing and must be updated for all personnel not fully vaccinated every 14 days. Vaccination status records must be maintained to demonstrate compliance with the Order. Mandatory rules for those not yet vaccinated include compliance with mandatory face covering and Health Officer directives. View the Order and FAQ’s for additional information. 

[1] Individuals who do not reside in the County must comply with all applicable requirements when they are in the County.

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Teresa McQueen
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