By emergency rule, the District of Columbia is mandating vaccinations against COVID-19 for health professionals who are licensed, registered, or certified by the Department of Health, which includes massage therapists. The emergency rulemaking was adopted on and became effective August 23, 2021.
The rule requires massage therapists to receive the first dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on or before September 30, 2021, and to receive the second dose within the established dosing schedule. Or they can receive the single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine on or before September 30, 2021.
A massage therapist may be exempt from the emergency rule if:
“(a) The person objects in good faith and in writing that the person’s vaccination against COVID-19 would violate a sincerely held religious belief and the vaccination would in fact violate a sincerely held religious belief of the person; or
(b) The person has obtained and submitted written certification from a physician, or other licensed health professional who may order an immunization, that being vaccinated against COVID-19 is medically inadvisable due to the person’s medical condition”
If you want to file an exemption, contact the director of the District of Columbia Department of Health.
Massage therapists who fail to comply with this emergency rule will be subject to disciplinary action, such as a civil fine, or license revocation, suspension, or non-renewal.