COVID Policy

COVID-19 Policy and FAQs

 

As STIX Diabetes Programs prepares to open registration for our 2022 summer camps, we know that our campers and their families, as well as our volunteer staff, will have a lot of questions surrounding COVID-19 policies and procedures. As an organization, we strive to follow best practices and look to suggestions and guidelines from the American Camping Association, The Diabetes Education Camping Association, The Centers for Disease Control, Washington State Department of Health and the Association of Camping Nurses.
The Board of Directors, our camp leadership teams, and trusted medical professionals within our organization have had extensive discussions and will require all 2022 participants in STIX Diabetes Programs summer camps to arrive fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
We have established a Health Services Committee, comprised of medical professionals, that meets regularly to discuss and update COVID-19 protocols to further mitigate risks to our vulnerable population. They have working knowledge of both the COVID-19 pandemic and our comprehensive camp operations.
 
If you have questions, please see the FAQs below. We will update these regularly as this information evolves.

FAQs

FAQ’s

Q: How do we provide proof of vaccination?

A: During the registration process, you will need to verify your COVID-19 vaccination dates as well as upload a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine card, or QR code from the WA State Department of Health.

 

Q: What does “fully vaccinated” mean? And does that include a booster shot?

A: We will be following CDC recommendations. The most up to date information can be found on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

Currently the CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated” is 2 weeks after the initial series. 

 

Q: Can we test at some frequency for COVID-19 instead of being vaccinated?

A: Unfortunately, we are not able to accept a negative test as an alternative to full vaccination.

 

Q: If I have already had COVID-19, do I still need to be vaccinated?

A: Yes, prior infection with COVID-19 does not replace the vaccination requirement.

 

Q: I have had COVID, so am I naturally immune?

A: Children and adults should receive a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have had COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after recovery from COVID-19 infections provides added protection to your immune system. People who already had COVID-19 and do not get vaccinated after their recovery are MORE likely to get COVID-19 again that those who get vaccinated after their recovery.

All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United State are effective at preventing COVID-19, even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19.
No currently available test can reliably determine if a person is protected from infection.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html?s_cid=10482:vaccine%20after%20covid:sem.ga:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21

 

Q: Can I file for a vaccine exemption?

A: If a participant had a documented anaphylactic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine or one of the ingredients, documentation can be submitted to the Health Services Committee for review via email to stix@stixdiabetes.org. While the health services committee will review medical notes, exemptions will be provided only in the instance of clear medical contraindications to the vaccine. Religious exemptions or exemptions based on personal preference will not be accepted.

 

Q: I read that vaccines are less effective for COVID-19 in young children– why is STIX Diabetes Programs still requiring them?

A new study does demonstrate that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is somewhat less effective in 5-11 year olds than in older children, but they remain a powerful protection against hospitalization. STIX Diabetes is keeping the health of our particularly vulnerable children with diabetes at the center of this decision-making; severe illness and hospitalization for these kids (and our staff and volunteers) can have devastating consequences. Leading public health experts and current guidance strongly recommends the vaccine for all children > 5 years of age, especially those with underlying conditions such as diabetes.

 

Q: What other measures at camp, besides the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, will be taken to help protect my child from COVID-19 exposure?  

A: Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI's) may include masking, social distancing, and/or keeping campers in pods or cohorts. Additional measures may be necessary for higher risk situations like dining hall, indoor activity, or sleeping arrangements.  There may be additional screening procedures and/or COVID-19 testing at camp.  We will follow the CDC and WA State Department of Health recommendations to determine best practices and policies.  These recommendations may evolve over time prior to camp, and we will let campers and volunteers know what to expect before their camp starts.

 

Q: What if my camper tests positive for COVID-19 right before camp? Will I get my money back?

A: If you provide documentation of a positive COVID-19 test for the camper, and they are unable to attend camp due to the timing of the required isolation, you will receive a 100% tuition refund less the $5 registration fee. If your child is ill with COVID-19 at the time of camp, but is outside the required isolation period, the Health Services Committee will assist in determining the appropriateness of any refunds.

 

Q: What do I do if I still have more questions?

A: Camp is a very special place for many people, and we never want any of our campers or volunteers to feel left out. However, in the camp setting, requiring full vaccination is a primary way we can mitigate risk and maximize the safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers at all our camps this summer. We would be happy to connect you with one of the doctors on our Health Services Committee, who may be able to answer any further medical questions or concerns you have regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Please email us at stix@stixdiabetes.org or call (509) 484-1366.