COVID-19 Policies
and Procedures

This page outlines health and safety policies and procedures that will be followed at in-person programming and events to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission and keep Variety Kids, families, volunteers, staff, and event attendees safe.

COVID-19 Vaccination

In order to promote the health and safety of Variety children, effective November 15, 2021, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis will mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for all those participating at in-person programs.

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis considers the health and safety of Variety Kids as our highest priority. Many children with disabilities are immunocompromised, and are among those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

Throughout the pandemic, Variety St. Louis has closely followed CDC and local health guidelines to ensure the children we serve, and their families, remain healthy while receiving uninterrupted access to our critical programs and services. At this time, the CDC is recommending that all those who are able and eligible to be vaccinated do so to help stop the spread of this disease.

As such, Variety St. Louis is implementing the policy below regarding vaccination against COVID-19, effective November 15, 2021. Please review it closely and reach out to with any questions.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

All vaccine-eligible participants in Variety in-person programs will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to those eligible for accommodation. The policy will apply to all employees, independent program contractors, program volunteers, and program participants.

Please watch for further communications specific to each program you would like to participate in at Variety. We continually monitor governmental regulations and guidance from the CDC and medical professionals on required actions to promote a safe environment for all.

If you have questions, please email Thank you for your compliance and for doing your part to help protect Variety children, families, staff and all who support Variety’s mission.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

In addition to the vaccine policy Variety needs your assistance in maintaining a safe environment for all participating in Variety programs, events and activities.

You can support by:

  1. Please stay home if sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID. Follow the CDC guidelines (Getting Tested for COVID-19 If Needed, Following Recommendations for What to Do If You Have Been Exposed, Staying Home If You Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19) for isolation and exposures if you test positive for COVID, are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to COVID. Please contact Variety if you have tested positive while or after participating in a Variety activity.
  2. We encourage you, if comfortable, to wear a mask — particularly at indoor activities. All will respect your personal preference on the wearing of masks.
  3. Please use basic health and hygiene practices, like hand-washing.

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