• How long does it take for the vaccine to work?

    At this time, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), even after an individual has received two doses of the vaccine it is important that they continue to follow all public health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes staying home when sick, wearing a mask, staying six feet from others, washing your hands, following quarantine and isolation requirements and getting tested when needed. 

    After the second dose of vaccine, it takes about two weeks for an individual’s body to build up protection. It is approximately 6 weeks total from the first vaccine dose to when an individual should be fully protected. Even after those 6 weeks, we know these vaccines are good at preventing people from getting sick, but we don’t have enough data yet to say whether someone who was vaccinated may still spread the disease to others if they get infected with COVID-19.

    Can Child Care or school staff or students come to work/school if they have post-vaccination symptoms in the 3 days after vaccination?

    Staff and students should not be at work, school, or other activities if they have a fever or feel ill at any time during this pandemic. 

    If you are experiencing local symptoms (e.g., pain, swelling, or redness at injection site) but you are otherwise well, you can return to work or school.

    Typically, post-vaccination symptoms occur within 3 days of getting the vaccination.

    Signs and symptoms unlikely to be from COVID-19 vaccination include the loss of taste or smell and the presence of respiratory signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose, sore throat).

     If you have these symptoms, stay home, and consider getting tested or consulting with a medical care provider. Schools and child care should follow the decision tree.

    Signs and symptoms that may be from either COVID-19 vaccination, SARS-CoV-2 infection, or another infection include the presence of ANY systemic (non-localized) signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches)

    If these are the symptoms, stay home until your symptoms are improved and you have been fever free for 24 hours.  If the symptoms last longer than 3 days or worsen, consult with a medical provider and consider getting tested before returning to work, school, or other activities outside the home. Schools and child care should follow the decision tree.

    COVID Leave Guidance:

    The following protocol for leave will be provided to those employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19, identified for self-quarantine by MDH or MPS, or are providing care to a family member who is quarantining or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Employees will not be expected to provide a written explanation from a health provider to excuse the absence unless the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines explicitly recommend that infected individuals visit a health care provider.

    1. Employees shall use 10 days of leave that are provided to all employees under the 2020 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) prior to using any other leave. MPS will continue to offer the Emergency Paid Sick Leave days through the end of the 20-21 contract year when the Federal EPSLA expires on December 31.

    2. Employees shall have access to all existing sick leave benefits under of the collective bargaining agreement. During the duration of the 2020-2021 school year, employees will be able to access all the sick days they would earn in the duration of the school year per the contract at any time in the year.  Days will continue to be added to their account as directed in the contract and no penalties will incur if the employee accrues a negative balance up to the number of days they would earn in the duration of the school year.

    3. After Emergency Paid Sick Leave days and Employee Sick Days have been exhausted, for an employee meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above, up to an additional 10 days of COVID leave will be available to the employee for the 2020-2021 school year.

    4. Additional leave needed may be provided under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

    5. Health insurance benefits of the Master Agreement will continue in full force and effect throughout the duration of all combined leave.