Even though restrictions have mostly been dropped, we’re technically still in the COVID-19 pandemic for what will be the third holiday season.

Even though life has basically gotten back to normal since the spring, it’s still worth having a conversation about safety and precautions before making your holiday plans.

Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has some tips to keep in mind as you create your plan.

  1. Plan for the Highest-Risk Person in Your Family

Whether it be due to age, medical history, or other factors, your plans should revolve around the person who is at the highest risk to have potential complications from COVID-19. When people are vaccinated and boosted, symptoms are typically mild to moderate and they recover after a few days. But for people older than 60 or those who are immunocompromised, the virus can be more severe.

  1. Get the Updated Booster

A booster is available for anyone 5 years old and up who wants it, and it’s specifically designed to target the Omicron variant, which remains the dominant thread of the disease. Federal officials are recommending getting the booster by Halloween, that way it’s fully effective inside your body by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.

One note: if you had a COVID-19 infection recently, you should wait three months before getting the new booster.

  1. Pay Attention to Symptoms

If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, congestion, coughing, fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain), you should abstain from family gatherings—especially if someone high-risk is present. While it’s not a fail-safe, taking a test is always a good idea if you’re not sure before moving ahead and seeing friends and family.


To learn more about Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit http://boro-park-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org.