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August 2021 Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals
  • I am vaccinated and have an It’s Time sticker. Do I now have to wear a mask indoors?

    If your work location is in a county with high or substantial spread of the COVID virus, based on the CDC county tracker, you should wear a mask indoors in public locations (anywhere outside of your home), even if you have an It’s Time sticker. In accordance with the CDC guidance, you will be required to wear a mask at work locations in counties with high or substantial risk, unless you are working alone or without the possibility of interaction with others or actively eating/drinking. You will receive more information on how you will be notified about the status of your county and the requirements at your specific location.
  • Will It’s Time sticker holders have any different safety protocols than unvaccinated employees?

    Employees approved for the It’s Time sticker do not need to wear a mask outdoors in any situation, and they also do not need to social distance from other employees displaying an It’s Timesticker so long as the employees are wearing a mask. We are continuing to review our safety protocols and monitor CDC guidance and will communicate any additional updates.

  • If everyone has to wear a mask, then why should I get vaccinated?

    The CDC indicates that vaccinated people are being infected at a much lower rate than those who are unvaccinated, and the vast majority of people who are hospitalized or die from COVID are unvaccinated.


    In addition, employees who display an It’s Time sticker do not have to wear a mask while working outdoors in any situation and they also do not need to social distance from other employees displaying an “It’s Time” sticker so long as the employees are wearing a mask.

  • How is it determined if a county has high or substantial spread of the COVID virus and triggers the requirement that everyone needs to wear a mask indoors?

    The decision about when all employees in a certain county need to wear a mask indoors will be determined and communicated by local safety professionals (or leaders when there’s no safety professional at a location) based on each location’s status in the CDC COVID tracker. Once the tracker shows that a location is in a county with high (>100 cases per 100,000 people) or substantial (50-99 cases per 100,000 people) transmission, all employees will be required to wear a mask indoors, unless alone or actively eating/drinking.

  • I mostly work outdoors. Do I need to wear a mask?

    If you are working outdoors, don’t have an It’s Time sticker and cannot maintain six feet of social distancing, you must continue to wear a company-provided mask and practice other COVID precautions. If you do have an It’s Time sticker and are working outside, currently you do not have to wear a mask in any situation.

  • The mayor of my city established a rule requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors. It's stricter than Exelon's requirement. Do I have to follow the city rule?

    If state, county, or local requirements are more stringent than Exelon’s rules, the governmental requirements must be followed.


  • How will I know day-to-day whether I need to wear a mask at work or not?

    The safety professionals (or local leaders if you don’t have a safety professional at your location) will communicate when company-provided masks are required. It would be advisable to have a company-provided mask with you and your “It’s Time” sticker displayed at all times in case changes occur, you need to enter a customer’s premises or other circumstances arise.

  • Will the company be supplying masks if my location requires one?

    As it has been throughout the pandemic, all required pandemic PPE will be provided for employee use. Employees should only use company-provided masks, as they are more protective than cloth face masks.

  • Do I still need to display my It's Time sticker/button?

    Employees with It’s Time stickers in a county that is in low or moderate transmission risk, as communicated by the local Safety professional or other leaders, who are not wearing a mask indoors, must display their stickers. Additionally, even in a location that requires all employees to wear company-provided masks while indoors, employees who display an It’s Time sticker/button are exempt from social distancing from other employees wearing “It’s Time” stickers at all times and also from wearing masks while working outdoors in all situations.


    Employees without an It’s Time sticker must wear company-provided masks at all times indoors unless alone without the possibility of interaction or eating/drinking and when outdoors unless you are able to maintain social distance.

It's Time Sticker/Button
  • How do I upload my vaccination card?

    Employees: An employee can upload a scan or photo of the front side of their vaccination card directly into the HR Solutions Hub. The employee can email the scan or photo to An employee should include their six-digit employee ID number and front side of the card in the e-mail. Each operating company has communicated applicable ways for employees to provide vaccination status documentation.


    Staff Augmentation Contractors: Staff augmentation workers should email to provide vaccination documentation.


    Other Contractors: Contractors, other than onsite staff augmentation providers, are managing their process of documenting vaccination status and distributing stickers/buttons separately. Contractors, other than staff augmentation, should not input their information into the HR Solutions Hub or email with vaccination documentation.

  • I thought vaccination status was protected medical information. Doesn't a sticker or button make that status obvious?

    The sticker/button is a visible identifier that you are approved to work without a mask outdoors and without social distance from other employees with “It’s Time” stickers at all times and work without a mask indoors if your county is not currently experiencing high or substantial COVID spread, according to the CDC tracker. The vaccination documentation you provide to the company will be treated as confidential medical information in the HR Solutions Hub.

  • I am fully vaccinated, but not comfortable sharing my vaccination card with the company. Can I take advantage of the new mask and social distancing rules?

    No. Only employees who are fully vaccinated, provide vaccination documentation and have it confirmed by OHS can take advantage of the rules around masks and social distancing. It is voluntary for you to do so.

  • I can't get vaccinated for medical/religious reasons. Do I still have to wear a mask?

    If you are not vaccinated – regardless of the reason – you must continue to wear a company-provided mask and socially distance for your safety and the safety of all employees. Please see OHS if you are seeking accommodation of a disability or HR to request accommodation of a religious belief. Under EEOC guidance, wearing a mask is an example of a reasonable accommodation for an employee who cannot get vaccinated based on a disability or religious belief.

  • I am fully vaccinated but forgot my badge/button at home. Can I still work without a mask?

    If you cannot display your It’s Time sticker, you must wear a mask and stay socially distant.

  • How do I obtain my sticker/button?

    For on-site employees, once OHS verifies your information, you will receive an approval email with instructions on how to obtain your sticker/button based on your location. Remote employees will receive instructions on how to obtain their stickers during their phase of Re-entry. In the interim, remote employees who need to regularly visit an Exelon site may contact Site Safety for more details.
  • Is requiring mask for some but not other employees consistent with Exelon's DEI values?

    The company remains committed to our DEI values in all that we do. Specifically, all employees are expected to respect a co-worker’s choices regarding vaccinations. As previously communicated in a “Do’s & Don’ts” email, we do encourage employees to get vaccinated. But do respect the choice and privacy of your co-workers. Don’t ask employees about medical information or discuss medical information in the workplace. Do contact your health care provider or check out Exelon’s Vax Scene site if you have questions about the vaccine.

    Based on job responsibilities, there are many safety protocols that are applicable to some employees and not others. The safety requirements applicable to non-vaccinated is consistent with CDC guidance, which distinguishes between fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and is designed to ensure the safety of employees, contractors, our customers and communities.

  • How will my vaccination documentation be used by the company?

    Your uploaded card and the information on the vaccination card (or other documentation) will be used to verify your eligibility for exceptions to safety protocols, as applicable, and for follow up communications such as alerts about the need for a booster vaccine to continue to take advantage of applicable exceptions. Vaccination documentation provided by employees will be treated as confidential medical information.

  • Do the updated COVID-19 PPE safety protocol policies apply to supplier-managed contractors?

    Yes, as long as they agree to comply with Exelon’s new protocols. Contractors, other than onsite staff augmentation providers, are managing their process of documenting vaccination status and distributing stickers/buttons separately. Supplier-managed contractors should not email or input their vaccination documentation into the HR Solutions Hub.

  • Do the updated COVID-19 PPE policies around vaccinations apply to staff augmentation workers?

    Yes. If you are a staff augmentation worker, you should email to provide vaccination documentation.

    Exelon will manage the process of reviewing vaccination documentation submitted by staff augmentation workers to and distributing stickers/buttons to workers classified as staff augmentation following the OpCo or location process for sticker/button distribution.

    Staff augmentation workers cannot input their vaccination documentation directly into the HR Solutions Hub and must email

  • What do I do if I lose my sticker/button?

    Return to the person who originally provided your sticker/button to obtain a new sticker. In the meantime, wear a mask and social distance in accordance with applicable safety protocols. Please remember that the “It’s Time” stickers/buttons are non-transferable and cannot be shared with another employee, contractor, or other individual at any time for any reason.

  • When will non-vaccinated employees be able to stop wearing a mask?

    COVID-19 is still considered a global pandemic and poses serious health risks, especially to those yet to be vaccinated. Exelon takes these risks seriously and continues to align its policies with CDC recommendations and guidance.

    When the CDC determines that it safe for unvaccinated people to stop wearing masks in the workplace, Exelon will evaluate its safety protocols for non-vaccinated employees, which also will take into consideration state and local requirements.

  • Can the Exelon safety protocols for fully vaccinated employees and contractors change?

    Yes. Exelon will continue to re-evaluate and can suspend exceptions from safety protocols as needed to ensure the safety of employees, contractors and the public.

  • If I already had COVID-19 but am not vaccinated can I get approved to be exempt from the mask and social distancing requirements?

    No. The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19 and recovered. This is because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. So, stickers/buttons will only be provided to those who provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated.

Federal Vaccination Mandate
  • Can we refuse to comply with change requests to our federal contracts to incorporate the vaccination mandate?

    As with all contract requests, we can refuse to agree to the requested change, but doing so may risk us losing the contract entirely and prevent us from receiving future government contracts. That likely would not be in the best interests of our company, customers and, ultimately, our employees. It’s important to remember that we have hundreds of contracts across many federal agencies, which are important to our business.

  • What are the consequences for not getting vaccinated?

    The OSHA standard hasn’t yet been finalized and the vaccination mandate has not yet come into force for any of our contracts. We are still evaluating the scope and timing for application of the federal requirements, including the impacts of any noncompliance.

  • How can I get an exemption?

    For a request for an exemption for verifiable religious or medical reasons, please email for a temporary exemption and accommodation until your claim can be verified.

  • What if I work in a state that has outlawed vaccination mandates?

    We are still evaluating this issue, but our expectation is that the existence of a state order will not eliminate our legal obligation to comply with the federal executive orders.

  • How does this apply to employees who are represented by a union?

    The federal contractor mandate does not distinguish between those with or without collective bargaining agreements. We are communicating with Exelon’s labor unions regarding our need to comply. As we continue to learn more and determine how the OSHA standard and President Biden’s Executive Order apply and what they require, we will continue to discuss these issues with the unions and will meet any obligations to engage in effects bargaining as to how to comply with those requirements.

November 2021 Vaccine Requirement
  • Why is the company encouraging vaccination?

    Getting vaccinated and verifying your vaccination by uploading your vaccination card is entirely up to you. At the same time, to keep everyone safe, it's important that only vaccinated employees who verify their status can take advantage of the easing of social distancing restrictions and mask requirements in counties without high or substantial COVID-19 spread, in accordance with CDC guidance.

  • Does the vaccine cause infertility or pregnancy-related problems?

    Employees with questions about the impact of a vaccine on fertility, pregnancy or breast feeding should contact their health care provider.

  • Can the vaccine alter my DNA?

    The COVID-19 vaccines available to us are designed to help your body’s immune system fight the coronavirus. The messenger RNA from two of the first types of COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) does enter cells, but not the nucleus of the cells where DNA resides. The mRNA does its job to cause the cell to make protein to stimulate the immune system, and then it quickly breaks down — without affecting your DNA.

  • I've already had COVID. Do I need to get the vaccine?

    There are several strains of COVID. Even if you’ve had the virus, the vaccine will further boost your immune system to increase protection.

  • Can you get the virus from the vaccine?

    No. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain coronavirus, so the vaccinated person can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine. But individuals receiving these vaccines may feel the side effects described in the question below. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine meaning it contains a modified version of a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19; however, viral vector vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 or the virus used as the vaccine vector.

  • Should I get the vaccine? How many shots do I have to get?

    While we encourage everyone to get the vaccine, it’s your decision. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have a two-shot regimen, with the second shot required 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) after the first one. If you only get one of the shots, you will not achieve the full immunity offered by the two-shot regimen. Like the shingles vaccine you need to get both to establish immunity! Vaccines trigger an immune response in the body which can result in symptoms such as soreness, headaches and fever. While these should not concern you, you should be prepared. In any case, it is far better than contracting COVID and potentially suffering the long-term health effects.

  • Does the vaccine have side effects?

    The CDC recommends an age-appropriate COVID vaccine for those 12 years and older. Most people are experiencing mild side effects (fatigue, redness and soreness at the injection site, headaches or minor joint pain). Reports of serious side effects, such as blood clots or developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome with the J&J vaccine, remain rare.

    If you have questions about side effects, a history of GBS or a concern about how the vaccine may affect you, please contact your health care provider.

  • When is someone "fully vaccinated?"

    According to the CDC, “people are considered fully vaccinated: Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.” If an employee does not meet these requirements, they are not fully vaccinated and must continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

  • Will a vaccine booster be required?

    If a booster is recommended or required by the CDC or state or local protocols, Exelon will re-evaluate its safety protocols and exceptions from safety protocols accordingly.

  • What advice do you give to individuals who are hesitant about getting the vaccine?

    If you have questions about the vaccine, please make sure to reach out to a credible, trustworthy source, such as your healthcare provider, for answers and check out our Vax Scene employee site. Many people believe that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine is new science, but the mRNA technology has been around for a couple of decades. There also has been a lot of work done historically to create a vaccine for coronaviruses. Just to be clear, the mRNA vaccines cannot change your DNA. While it does enter into a cell, it does not enter the nucleus of the cell. Finally, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses an older technology, which has been previously tested and used in other types of vaccines.

  • Now that people are getting vaccinated, is the pandemic over?

    According to the CDC, while experts learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue following CDC guidance and using appropriate tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, which for unvaccinated means things like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least six feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

  • What should I do if I experience side effects?

    Most people experience only mild side effects for a day or two. Please contact your health care provider if you have questions. If you are ill and unable to work due to side effects, please report your absence in accordance with applicable absence reporting requirements.

    Although very rare, some severe side effects, such as blood clots or the development of Guillain-Barre Syndrome have been reported. If you develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain and shortness of breath within three to 16 days of vaccination or severe muscle weakness or a tingling sensation within six weeks of vaccination, immediately contact your physician or seek medical attention as soon as possible.

There are three phases of Clinical Trials for a Vaccine.

Phase 1

Phase 1 clinical trials focus on safety and include 20–100 healthy volunteers. In Phase 1, scientists begin to learn how the size of the dose may be related to side effects. At this early stage, scientists also try to learn how effective the vaccine may be. If no serious side effects are found in Phase 1 the trial moves on to Phase 2.

Phase 2

Phase 2 trials involve several hundred volunteers. This phase includes studies that may provide additional information on common short-term side effects and how the size of the dose relates to immune response.

Phase 3

In Phase 3 studies, hundreds or thousands of volunteers participate. Vaccinated people are compared with people who have received a placebo or another vaccine so researchers can learn more about the test vaccine’s safety and effectiveness and identify common side effects. 

Clinical trials are conducted according to plans that FDA reviews to ensure the highest scientific and ethical standards. The results of the clinical trials are a part of FDA’s evaluation to assess the safety and effectiveness of each vaccine. In addition to evaluating the results of the clinical trials, FDA scientists and medical professionals carefully evaluate a wide range of information including results of studies on the vaccine’s physical, chemical and biological properties, as well as how it is manufactured, to ensure that it can be made consistently safe, pure and potent.