Should a participant both become eligible and request to receive a COVID-19 vaccine(s) while on program, please ensure that the participant communicates directly with their sending parent(s)/legal guardian(s) in their home country to gain approval. Like all other vaccines, these are considered "routine" and do not require AFS approval prior to receiving the vaccine while on program. However, it is critical that the participant's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have given their consent.
The COVID-19 vaccine, as with any other vaccine, is not covered under the Travel Medical Plan and any costs associated with obtaining the vaccine will also be the responsibility of the participant and the sending parent(s)/legal guardian(s).
AFS-USA will include COVID-19 vaccine related content in the Host Family Handbook Addendum. Please refer to this document for information provided to the host family on this topic.
Should any questions or concerns arise during the participant’s program which requires additional assistance, please contact our Participant Support Department 1-800-AFS-INFO, press 3.