For NH22 participants, AFS Sending Partners have been requested to provide participants’ COVID-19 vaccination status during the application process. For participants who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 vaccination details will be indicated in the Health Certificate in the vaccination section, including vaccination dates and vaccination type (e.g., Moderna). AFS-USA has also requested that AFS Sending Partners/applicants upload the vaccination card/document for participants’ COVID-19 vaccinations to the application.
However, if a participants’ vaccination status is not clear in the application or Placement Detail Comment screen and/or clarification/update is needed for placement, a partner request can be submitted to your Regional Field Specialist to reach out to the sending partner.
After the participant’s placement is confirmed (FPC), prior to program, if additional information is needed about COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster and the host family/local team are not comfortable discussing the COVID-19 vaccine with the participant, a partner request can be submitted to your Regional Field Specialist and AFS-USA will reach out to the AFS Sending Partner for clarifying information.
Once the participant is on program, if a host family is interested to know the student’s vaccine status and/or the sending parents’/guardians’ position on their child receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and are not comfortable discussing this topic with the participant directly, the host family should reach out to their AFS volunteer liaison for guidance. The AFS liaison can follow up with AFS Participant Support Department staff for further guidance.
AFS-USA has included 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.