CERT COVID-19 Policy


In the CERT program, we strive to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. In that spirit, it is incumbent upon the CERT leadership to keep our volunteer community safe. Concerning COVID-19, the CERT Auxiliary aligns itself with the Santa Cruz County Department of Health (SCCDH), and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and their policies.

Therefore, prior to attending any in-person CERT activity (in-person training, meetings, exercises, activation, etc.) all persons must show proof of full vaccine status*. You will be directed on how to provide your status in the activity announcement. Only a copy of your vaccination card or California Digital COVID-19 vaccine record** validates your vaccine status. Proof of vaccination may need to be redocumented as requirements change. This information is then kept in a secure file with limited access.

With the most recent update (12/15/2021) from the California Department of Health, all indoor in-person public gatherings, be they meetings, trainings and the like, require individuals to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. This is subject to change as new orders from SCCDH and CDPH are updated and/or implemented.

* Full vaccine status means (as of December 20, 2021): TWO Moderna or Pfizer vaccine shots and 1 booster 6 months following second vaccine shot; OR

ONE Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot and 1 Moderna or Pfizer booster 2 months following the first vaccine shot.

** Your California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record maybe found at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. Simply fill in your name and date of birth and you will receive an email with QR Code and digital record of your vaccine status.