Please note: This page was originally published on November 4, 2021. For the most up-to-date information (as of January 5, 2022) about ‘booster shots,’ view our latest fact sheets in English and Punjabi.

November 4, 2021 (Washington, DC) — As policies continue to shift and change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sikh Coalition has curated important information about booster vaccines, vaccines for children aged 5 to 11, and updated pandemic travel restrictions.

First, late last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published recommendations around ‘booster’ shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. Whether you received the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, you are now eligible for a booster dose. Click above to read about booster shots in English and Punjabi.

Second, on October 29, the FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11; the CDC endorsed the same on Tuesday. As is the case with all other COVID-19 vaccine EUAs, safety trials were conducted–and data about them is published–before these announcements. Vaccines for children will be available at local pharmacies and pediatricians’ offices. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and your children, consult your pediatrician.

Finally, the Biden Administration is implementing two changes to travel policies (supplanting the guidance enacted on Monday, November 8):

  1. Beginning on December 6, 2021, all inbound international travelers, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of their arrival to the United States.
  2. The federal rule requiring all individuals to wear masks in airports, on trains, or while using public transportation has been extended through March 18, 2022.

The Sikh Coalition will continue to provide updates as further announcements are made. In the meantime, you can continue to visit our website at thesikh.co/vaccine for the latest COVID-19 vaccine safety resources, developed in partnership with the North American Sikh Medical and Dental Association, the Sikh Family Center, and the Jakara Movement.

As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.