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Domestic Mission & Disaster Recovery Trips Covid Guidelines

This policy is put in place to protect the health of our volunteers and those in the communities we are serving.The first General Rule as United Methodists is to “do no harm.” As we go and serve we want to protect those we are serving and those on our teams. We are here to help you and help with this process. Please reach out if you need help. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Trish Warren (Disaster Recovery Coordinator) pwarren@flumc.org or Molly McEntire (Missional Trainer and Volunteer Coordinator) mmcentire@flumc.org. 
 

Fully Vaccinated Volunteers

To serve on a mission trip or respond in the event of a disaster, you will be required to be fully vaccinated. This applies to all domestic and international travel. 

 Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will need to be sent prior to the mission trip or deployment for disaster recovery.  This can be done by sending a copy of your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card issues by the CDC to your mission team leader or to Trish Warren pwarren@flumc.org for disaster recovery trips.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will not be permitted to serve on a mission team or deploy to a disaster impacted area.

Masks and COVID-19 Tests

You should continue to do the following even if you have been fully vaccinated:

  • Masks (over your nose and mouth) are required indoors at all times.  

  • If you travel, you will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S.transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 
  •  State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions. If state and local guidelines have different requirements, please follow those.
  • Do not travel to locales designated as "Level 4 - Very High"  (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home
  • If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last ten days (even if you are asymptomatic), or are awaiting results of a Covid-19 test, you will not be permitted to travel for a mission trip or be deployed into a disaster impacted area.
  • If you are exempt for a qualifying medical reason, please provide documentation from a licensed medical professional. 
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.

Work with your site host to:

  • Find out if you need to bring your own PPE supplies.

  • Learn what protocols the site is using if someone either a team member or client has tested positive to Covid and exposed others.

  • Make sure each team member has proper medical insurance. Check with Molly McEntire mmcentire@flumc.org on insurance provided.

  • Know the health infrastructure in the area where the team intends to serve and the location of the nearest hospital.

  •  Have a plan for canceling the journey or sending team members home if any team members are uncomfortable with the enforcement of safety protocols.

If you are requiring tests for your trip here are helpful tips:

  •  1-3 days before travelling (by car or air)

  • If on a trip greater than five days, testing is required every three days while traveling

  • 2-4 days after returning home

 

 

Please check the CDC.gov for updated guidelines or the Florida Conference website. Things are changing weekly so we highly encourage you to keep yourself informed. 

 

This policy is put in place to protect the health of our volunteers and those in the communities we are serving.