Should Unvaccinated Kids Visit with Extended Family Indoors?

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Now that 75% of those over age 65 have received at least one shot of the COVD-19 vaccine, families are eager to see their extended family, but should you be concerned to see other families if your children are not vaccinated?

A single family with unvaccinated kids can see their fully vaccinated grandparents or other fully vaccinated families indoors and not have to wear masks or social distance, per CDC guidelines.

The CDC says, "Fully vaccinated people [which occurs 2 weeks after their second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 2 weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson] can visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing."

When should a single-family with unvaccinated kids still practice prevention methods like staying outside when interacting with other households, wear a mask, and distance?

The CDC says this must occur "when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease."

Also, if you are considering gathering with numerous households where there will be numerous unvaccinated kids -- like at a child's birthday party or an extended family reunion with multiple families, the CDC notes everyone attending should "wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households."

And for the time being, fully vaccinated people still need to "take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing [and] avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings"

The Doctors' takeaway: A single-family with unvaccinated kids can see their fully vaccinated grandparents/or fully vaccinated extended family in their home without masks with very little risk if none of the kids have an increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

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