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COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines
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Factors to Consider
For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith.
Individuals should consider their personal risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 before attending an in-person worship service. Attending an indoor service, including services with singing, is generally considered safe for someone who is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
When determining your personal level of risk, here are some factors to consider:
Level of COVID-19 spread in the community
COVID-19 Hospital Admission Levels are classified as low, medium, or high. These can help individuals and communities decide which prevention actions they can take to protect themselves and others.
Your own health status
Your own health status, such as whether you have a weakened immune system or have a medical condition that places you at high risk of having severe illness.
Consider also if you live with or will be having social contact with someone who is at high risk of having severe illness.
Consider self-testing to detect infection before any contact with them, especially when the COVID-19 Community Level is medium or high.
Singing and playing wind instruments are thought to be higher risk activities for spreading COVID-19. Maintaining distance between musicians and increasing the ventilation (or rehearsing/performing outside) can reduce this risk.
Outdoor or drive-in services are considered safer options for individuals who are not up to date on vaccinations or who have compromised immune systems.
- Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention continues to work with, support and be a resource to our places of worship, faith-based and interfaith communities. Questions about COVID-19 and faith-based organizations can be addressed to OHE@vdh.virginia.gov
- Request cloth masks from the Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention program
Everyone aged six months or older is eligible to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
VDH is offering providers a FREE tele-health platform, presentation templates and all the technical support you need to communicate with your patients about vaccine hesitancy.
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Last Updated: September 7, 2023
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