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COVID-19: Gathering Tips for Vaccinated Families

By Dr. Noelle Gabriel, Tidewater Children's Associates

One of the hardest things to tolerate during the pandemic has been the inability to safely visit with family members. It’s been especially true for grandparents who are often at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to their age.

Thankfully, many older adults have been able to become fully vaccinated this spring. With summer approaching, parents nationwide are eyeing travel plans and wondering if it’s safe for them and their kids to visit their grandparents now.

Unfortunately, like so many things about the pandemic, the answer to that question is a little complicated and possibly subject to change.

Remember, children can become infected with the coronavirus and transmit it to other people. Although vaccines are starting to become available to children under 18, many kids remain unprotected.

Here are a few guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep in mind as you discuss potential family gatherings.

  • Fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Fully vaccinated people also can visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household – if they are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease – without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • People who are fully vaccinated can still become infected and possibly transmit the virus to others.
  • People who are fully vaccinated should not visit or attend a gathering with other people (including those who are fully vaccinated) if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

It’s important to remember that everyone, whether they’re vaccinated or not, should still continue to take precautions when they’re in public. Wear a mask that fits properly and practice physical distancing.

As always, if you have medical concerns about your child, consult their pediatrician.

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