As holistic healthcare practitioners, we deeply relate to the idea of being cautious about what we put in our bodies. We also believe that every human deserves the opportunity for quality care, and strive to be the kind of non-judgemental, supportive providers that help to fill the gaps of our traditional medical system. For these reasons and more, it has not been a simple decision weighing how to keep our clients, families, children and selves as safe as possible while providing hands-on sessions as the pandemic rages on. However, for our small, collective business model, it has become clear that the only feasible path forward (and likely, what will become a state mandate for ours and similar services in the near future) is to require proof of up-to-date covid vaccination for all staff and clients beginning Sept. 13th.
We understand that this stance can feel polarizing for some, but we hope to lend a compassionate ear for anyone who may remain uncertain about vaccination. As bodywork and holistic healthcare professionals, we have a heads up in understanding anatomy and physiology, and took the time to educate ourselves on vaccination earlier on in this process. Having been vaccinated ourselves, treated clients with long-haul covid, and recognizing the unparalleled threat to children who cannot currently vaccinate as variations continue to mutate, we believe that vaccination is safe, effective, and our moral obligation being in close contact with clients. Vaccination is not perfect, but knowing that we and the clients we work on are both vaccinated will ensure we are fulfilling our moral obligations to serve and protect all of you as best we can. We have been/will continue to work with active clients who are not vaccinated to provide educational resources to help absolve fears, or if we cannot, make suggestions for continuity of care.
For those with current and future appointments, we will be checking proof of vaccination thru the Excelsior app, NYC CovidSafe app or a photo of your vaccine card, whichever is preferable for you. You will be asked some basic covid screening questions when filling out your intake paperwork, and to commit to letting us know about any travel, symptoms or covid exposure as it comes up.
We thank you for your understanding and commitment to your own health and doing your part to end this pandemic once and for all.
Dawn Philips, Founder/Managing Director of HAVEN