Just like the annual flu shot, COVID-19 boosters help keep your immunity strong. Fully vaccinated folks over the age of 18 can get their COVID-19 booster if:

  • they received their 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer 6+ months ago OR
  • they received their Johnson & Johnson dose 2+ months ago

At this time boosters are not recommended for for infants and youth under 18 at the moment, but expect a booster for youth ages 12-17 in the coming months.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus which affects the respiratory system. COVID causes symptoms similar to a cold or the flu including:

  • fever
  • cough, sneezing, runny nose
  • lose of taste and/or sense of smell
  • body aches and chills
  • headache or sore throat

In extreme cases, COVID can make it difficult to breathe. If you or someone you know has COVID-like symptoms AND struggles to breathe or stay awake, seems confused, or feels pain their chest, please seek medical care immediately.

Wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, and limiting your time with folks outside the people you live with are three of the best ways to stay safe and healthy.

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Safety Precautions: Keeping You, Your Family + Community Healthy

Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following safety precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask indoors, in shared spaces, and in public when with people you do not live with
  • Limit your time in crowded or poorly ventilated areas
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, especially before/after eating, using the bathroom, and using shared equipment or devices
  • Regularly sanitize frequently touched surfaces and objects (counters, phones, etc.)
  • Maintain at least 6ft of social distance whenever possible, even outdoors
  • Stay home if you feel unwell, feverish, or experience COVID-like symptoms
  • Get vaccinated

COVID Variants

Viruses are constantly adapting; this leads to different strains or “variants.” There are currently four COVID variants. The Delta variant causes most new COVID cases in the United States and Missouri ranks in the top 5 states for highest number of new cases. The Delta variant is more contagious than the original COVID strain.

While the KCMO mask mandate expired everywhere except school and on school buses, we at FPA ask that all guests to our offices and events please wear a mask.

COVID Vaccines

Vaccines help your body develop resistance and immunity to viruses. There are currently 3 COVID vaccines:

  • Pfizer: 2 doses, available for everyone 5+
  • Moderna: 2 doses, available for everyone 18+
  • Johnson & Johnson: 1 dose, available for everyone 18+

Vaccinated folks can still catch and spread COVID. Vaccines are not 100% effective, BUT, combined with masking and limiting contact, vaccines provide the best defense against COVID.

Where to Get Vaccinated

KC area folks can get a FREE vaccine at:

COVID Precautions at FPA

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Even though our staff is fully vaccinated, we take COVID seriously. We keep plenty of sanitizer and masks on hand and regularly sanitize frequently touched surfaces. When you visit FPA, we ask all visitors to:

  • Wear masks at all times in shared spaces
  • Wash hands regularly and upon arrival
  • Take and log temperatures upon arrival
  • Maintain social distance whenever possible