FLC Parish Health 

Orange Tulip



To contact Denise Gaard, Parish Nurse

call:  218-847-5656

email: denise@firstlutheranchurch.com

Spring Buds


Why should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

• Protect yourself from COVID-19.
• Support your community. Help keep businesses, schools, and other places open.
• The vaccine is FREE for everyone. Insurance and immigration status does not matter.
• Help put an end to the pandemic.
Keep yourself and others safe It will take a long time for everyone to get vaccinated.
Even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you should continue taking basic prevention steps when recommended:
Wear a mask.
Wash your hands.
Stay 6 feet from others.
Stay home if you are sick.

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. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

What You Can Start to Do

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.

  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.

  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.

    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.

    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

What You Should Keep Doing

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You should still protect yourself and others in many situations by wearing a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps. Take this precaution whenever you are:

    • In indoor public settings

    • Gathering indoors with unvaccinated people (including children) from more than one other household

    • Visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk

  • You should still avoid indoor large gatherings.

  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. 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. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.

  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.

  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

  • 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.

What We Know

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.

  • Other prevention steps help stop the spread of COVID-19, and that these steps are still important, even as vaccines are being distributed.


This information is from the CDC 4/27/21

Parish Health Ministries



FLC Blood Drive May 2, 2021

Vitalant Blood Mobile will be in the FLC parking lot

May 2nd, 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  

Call Denise @ 218-847-5656 or go online to bloodhero.com, sponsor code: dlfirst to schedule your appointment.  

Blood is critically needed now!  Be a hero and donate!  

Health Care Directives/Advance Care Planning


Advance care planning is the process of making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you are unable to speak for yourself. It guides family and healthcare providers to follow your documented preferences for care.  If you have questions regarding your health care directive, call Denise at 847-5656.  Your decisions matter!  Write your health care directive today.

Medical form with stethoscope