COVID-19 Vaccine: What To Do If You Are Vaccinated and Your Kids Are Not

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A medical expert from CNN, Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, spoke about the possible things parents can do when they finally get the COVID-19 vaccine shot, but their kids aren't. 

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been widely distributed around the world. Dr. Wen shared her insights on what to do in keeping your family safe when all are not being vaccinated.

Dr. Wen is a visiting professor at Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University for health policy and management and an emergency physician at the same time.

Wen understands the worries of many parents about the COVID-19 vaccine. For loving parents, it isn't easy to feel free, especially that their children remain unvaccinated.

Children deserve the playgrounds, socialize with others, especially with their friends who they haven't seen for a while, and hang out outside their home without getting their parents worried about their health. 

Dr. Wen weighs the following for parents to check and see to find help with their worries. 

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FAQ After Getting Vaccinated

Are your allowed to hang out with other people?

If your family wants to hang out with other families and your children are yet to be vaccinated, Dr. Wen suggests having all families quarantined first and underwent tests for safety and security purposes. Please put in mind that your kids aren't vaccinated at all. 

What can parents do after getting vaccinated?

According to the US, wholly vaccinated people may visit another family. Not everyone is vaccinated, as long as those who aren't vaccinated aren't at high risk for severe disease from COVID-19 themselves Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means grandparents are free to visit their grandchildren, stay with them, hug them, eat dinner with them inside, and not wear masks.

Can families rent a house with unvaccinated children?

If three families, all of whom have unvaccinated children, choose to get together for a longer length of time in the same roof, it is preferable if they all get quarantined first or get a test.

Vaccinated people do not need to be screened because their chances of contracting and spreading coronavirus are meager. However, out of extra precaution, it is also recommended that vaccinated individuals reduce their risk during this time.

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Can vaccinated parents travel with unvaccinated children?

The threat has nothing to do with transit as it is what people do when they arrive at their destination. If you have to eat every meal in a restaurant, you're taking on a lot more risk. Cooking or ordering takeout, on the other hand, carries a much lower risk.

The same can be said for the things you engage in while traveling. Going to packed theme parks and theaters carries a far higher risk than camping or hiking vacation. A large family reunion or wedding presents a greater danger than a small gathering with just the grandparents.

Are there limits on people attending Easter celebrations?

The answer is, there is no limit to the number of people, but please keep in mind that the higher the number of people getting together, the higher the virus's chances of spreading rapidly. To avoid this kind of scenario, see to it that everyone joining the celebration has been vaccinated and underwent tests.

Before going to any celebration, always find time to confirm that everyone attending has gotten a COVID-19 vaccine shot. If you are unsure, it is always okay to prioritize your safety and your family then decline. 

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be available for children?

In the meantime, Pfizer-BioNTech is accessible to adults with ages 16 years and older. This is because other vaccines are only for 18 years old and above. The vaccine trials for ages 12 years and younger are ongoing and are expected to have mid-summer results.

Dr. Anthony Fauci hopes to have the kids' vaccinations achieved before they start their next school year. At the same time, younger children are expected not to get vaccinated until the year 2022. 

Can still kids play together even if they aren't vaccinated?

Kids can play together even without vaccination as long as they maintain a six-foot distancing protocol. Parents should also constantly remind them to wear their masks at all times. 

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