The FDA and CDC have just approved a new COVID-19 vaccine for ages six months and above, which provides protection against newer COVID variants. With cases rising and the upcoming flu season, we urge the Jamat to obtain both the new COVID-19 booster and the flu vaccine as soon as possible.
Most insurance plans are covering the full cost of vaccines without co-pays. So most insured members will be able to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine at their doctor’s offices or pharmacies at no cost. Uninsured or underinsured members may access the updated vaccine for free through the CDC’s Bridge Access Program.
We also urge the Jamat:
- If you have symptoms, please consider testing for COVID-19 and wear a mask.
- Please do not attend Jamatkhana if you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, please do not attend Jamatkhana for five days. If no symptoms, you can attend Jamatkhana on day six onwards, but please wear a mask for the next five days.
- If you have close contact with a COVID-19 case and you do not have any symptoms, please wear a mask for 10 days when attending Jamatkhana.
In addition, the CDC and the Jamati Institutions recommend frequent hand hygiene, testing for COVID-19, staying home in case of symptoms, and seeking treatment for COVID-19 positive individuals who are high risk or immunocompromised.
For more information, please visit the AKHB’s COVID-19 Vaccine page.