The Vaccine and Domestic Employers

By Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network (Estimated reading time: 2 minutes)

Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, house cleaners and home attendants, our families and allies. We believe that dignified and respectful working conditions should benefit worker and employer alike. Over the past ten years, we have worked alongside worker organizations to create resources that can support employers to create safe and fair working conditions in their homes. The past year has brought so many new challenges to domestic workers and employers. From guides for hiring workers at home during Covid-19, to tips for working with nannies or tutors for pods, our organization has tried to help households adapt to a continuously shifting reality.

Recently, we have been hearing many questions from our employer members and the worker organizations we partner with about how to approach the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine for domestic workers.

Some common questions we have received are:

  • Does my nanny qualify for the vaccine at the same time as other childcare providers?
  • What if the domestic worker in my home does not want to get vaccinated?
  • How can I support the worker in my home to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Based on our conversations with employer families and our partners, Hand in Hand has created suggestions that we hope will be helpful in responding to some of your toughest questions. Download our free guide today to find answers to our most frequently-asked-questions about domestic employees and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Looking for additional resources? Visit our website for employer checklists, hiring handbooks, sample contracts, and more!  

For more information or to get involved with Hand in Hand, contact

“I’m an employer of (a nanny) for my two kids. Since the pandemic hit, I feel my responsibility as employer is to make sure people I employ at home are safe, healthy and don’t have any economic impact. At home, we as a family along with our nannies have had a conversation about the vaccine and we have all agreed to get vaccinated as soon as it is available for us. As employers, we should be a resource and help navigate all information available about the vaccine. It’s also important not to rush until all doubts and concerns are addressed.”

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Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network is a national organization of people who employ nannies, housecleaners, and homecare workers. We believe respectful and dignified working conditions in the home benefit worker and employer alike.

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