Employee health and safety remains a top priority for the co-op.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent severe illness and death in those 5 years and older. COVID-19 Vaccine are widely accessible with many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics offering free vaccinations. Visit vaccines.gov to find locations offering vaccinations near you.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
Single-dose booster shots are now available to all individuals age 12 and older. CDC’s recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for booster shots, so you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.
- If you received Pfizer of Moderna for your initial vaccination, the CDC recommends receiving a booster at least 5 months after completing your primary vaccination series.
- If you received Johnson & Johnson for your initial vaccination, the CDC recommends receiving a booster at least 2 months after your shot.
- Children and teens ages 12–17 years: The CDC recommends a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for most children and teens at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series.
- Children and teens who are moderately or severely immunocompromised: The CDC recommends a booster at least 3 months after the final dose in the primary series.
- Second Booster: The CDC recommends a second booster of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster for children and teens who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
- Children ages 5–11 years: The CDC recommends a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for most children at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series.
- Children who are moderately or severely immunocompromised: The CDC recommends a booster at least 3 months after the final dose in the primary series.
COVID-19 Cost and Insurance
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 5 years and older at no cost.
- If you and your eligible dependents are enrolled in an REI medical plan, bring your Aetna medical, Express Scripts pharmacy or Kaiser medical insurance card with you at the time of vaccination.
- If you and/or your dependents aren’t covered by an REI medical plan, your vaccinations are still covered at 100% either through your other health insurance or through the government. Remember to bring your other medical and/or prescription drug insurance card with you at time of vaccination if you have medical insurance outside of REI.
Check out the resources below to learn more about how the vaccine works, safety, possible side effects and when you may be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in your area.
Health immunizers may include pharmacists, pharmacy interns and trained pharmacy technicians, as well as other qualified health care professionals depending on the state’s specific regulations. All health immunizers will be certified according to regulations, trained in the administration of immunizations and hold an active CPR certification.
Here are the steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- Clean your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick or exhibiting symptoms
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue
- Wear a mask or other face covering
For more information on COVID-19, review the CDC website.
Get the Care You Need
Contact your health care provider if you or a family member is ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Reaching out ahead of time will help your health care provider get you the appropriate care and protect you from others. See resources below.
Wellness and Mental Health
It’s normal to feel worried about your health and financial security when facing an unknown threat like the COVID-19 virus. We have resources to help you find support for everyday issues, or you can speak with a board-certified mental and behavioral health professional.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Available to all employees and their household members free of charge
- Teladoc – Available to all members of an REI national medical plan
- Telehealth – Available to all Kaiser medical plan members
Check out the Events calendar for additional wellness and mental health resources.
Parenting Resources Available through Rethink
We know many parents have children who may be having a hard time with unexpected changes in their routines. Rethink can support parents who have children at home, children who have remote schooling or children who have returned in person to school.
Here are a few resources that can help you:
- Remote consultation services
- Access to hot-topic webinars and podcast episodes
- Video-based lessons
- Printable materials
Reach out to Rethink today to sign up and get started with free parent resources at rethinkbenefits.com/rei. Your username is your employee ID.