As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic as a community, the Aga Khan Health Board is working with infectious disease and other experts to monitor the situation closely and will provide guidance as necessary. Please visit The.Ismaili Health to explore vaccine availability and for updated information.
COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Vaccines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for all children 5 to 11 years old on Monday, November 1, 2021. With prior approval for the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 and older, all children 5 years and older may now receive the Pfizer vaccine series. We urge the Jamat to reach out to their pediatrician or pharmacy to schedule the vaccine for their children.
The CDC also recently authorized vaccine boosters for eligible segments 6 months from the initial vaccination series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and for all adults who are 2 months from the initial J&J vaccine.
Additional information related to COVID-19 is listed below.
- Jamatkhana Re-opening. Welcome Back! Virtual REC, ECD update
- Protecting Yourself, Your Families, and Communities
- Stay Informed with Credible Sources
Learn More on this webpage dedicated to Jamatkhana Re-Opening.
As this pandemic continues, becoming vaccinated is one of the most important steps we can take to protect ourselves. Even if you are vaccinated, we urge the Jamat to continue to exercise the highest level of care and personal responsibility, including strict hand hygiene, wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distance, and seeking immediate care if you or a family member have any symptoms of COVID-19
- Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible, and avoid touching your face.
See video: Hand-washing
- Clean all surfaces normally touched in the house or car, such as keys, phones, doorknobs, and countertops, with a disinfectant regularly.
- Avoid close contact with those who are displaying fever, cough, cold or other flu-like symptoms.
- If you do not feel well or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Do not go to public places, use public transportation, go to work or entertain visitors, so you can help prevent further spreading of illness. It is also recommended that you consult with your physician for further advice, particularly if you have a fever.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Discard the tissue after each use.
- Whether in Jamatkhana, at work, weddings or otherwise, offer greetings to others verbally and without physical contact, such as by nodding, smiling, placing your hand over your heart, etc.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Keep abreast of recommendations and advisories from your local health officials and local school districts.
- For any international travel, please follow the advice from the CDC and the US Department of State. A quarantine period may be required even if you are vaccinated. For more information: CDC Travel FAQs
- Children under 2 years of age and adults above 65 should ensure they are current with their pneumonia vaccines.
For more information: Pneumococcal Vaccine
- In the interest of overall preparedness in the event of a worsening situation, you should keep enough food, water, and necessary supplies at home to last 2 weeks.
For more information: CDC personal preparedness
We advise against forwarding unverified social media messaging, including text and WhatsApp messages, as they are a common source of misinformation and can create unnecessary anxiety.
Continue to use credible and reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Aga Khan Health Board USA (AKHB) and FOCUS Humanitarian USA for up to date information. Stay connected to the official The.Ismaili USA platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
For frequently asked questions about COVID-19, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions.