Grant Opportunity: Pre-employment Vaccinations and Required Tests

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is seeking lab services on a statewide basis. OPWDD expects to hire up to 2000-3000 employees statewide over the next twelve-month period.  Over the course of five (5) years, it is expected there will be 12,000-15,000 new hires statewide. At minimum, the following are required:



The PPD or the IGRA– the IGRA or QuantiFERON – The QuantiFERON test is superior to the typical TB skin test (PPD) as it only requires one (1) visit rather than two-four. The test is over 97% accurate at detecting a TB infection. There is no need for a follow up visit and results are typically available within 24 hours. The TB skin test can be skewed due to reader bias or human error. TB skin testing is more likely to show a false-positive result due to exposure to previous skin tests, as well as the BCG vaccine.


Demonstration of Rubella immunity- this can be either bloodwork or proof of prior immunization.  Rubella is a contagious viral infection best known by its distinctive red rash. The disease is preventable by vaccination.


Demonstration of Measles immunity- this is for those born after 1957 and this can also be either bloodwork or proof of prior immunization. Measles can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people. These include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis). The Centers for Disease Control CDC presumes that anyone born before 1957 is immune to Measles, since the virus was so common during this period.


Demonstration of immunization against Tetanus within the past ten (10) years. There is no test for Tetanus. It is an infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. When these bacteria enter the body, they produce a toxin that causes painful muscle contractions. The Tetanus shot is a safe and effective way to prevent Tetanus and other dangerous diseases occurring in most cases.


Please see the New York State Contractor CR Number: 2095659 for further details


Designated Contact: Sara Martin – [email protected]