As we are about a year out from the start of the global pandemic and vaccines are slowly (if not steadily) becoming more available, it just makes sense that families are growing more and more eager at the chance of safely getting to see one other. In preparation for the early spring (where it’s still a bit chilly) with a good amount of vulnerable individuals fully vaccinated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their interim guidelines for what vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should do (or not do) together in the coming months.
And, naturally, as grandparents eagerly hoping to see their grandkids are a big overlap in the soon-to-be fully vaxxed demographics, the agency released some clear guidelines about how to safely reunite these parties (particularly children who cannot yet be vaccinated) that have been apart for too long. And, it turns out, they believe that fully vaccinated grandparents are safe to visit indoors and mask-free with unvaccinated and healthy families with healthy unvaccinated children, provided none of the latter are high-risk and there are no other unvaccinated at-risk parties.
And, just to be clear, being “fully vaccinated” means that it is either two weeks after your second vaccination appointment with a Moderna or Pfizer shot or two weeks after receiving your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot. People who are freshly vaccinated (like this morning or yesterday) are not considered fully vaccinated and do not yet have full immunity.
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“If the unvaccinated people are from a single household that does not have individuals at risk of severe COVID-19, they can visit with fully vaccinated people indoors, without anyone wearing masks, with a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission,” per the CDC’s guidelines. “For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can visit indoors with their unvaccinated healthy daughter and her healthy children without wearing masks or physical distancing, provided none of the unvaccinated family members are at risk of severe COVID-19.”
However, they do add that if this visit includes any unvaccinated folks from a different household (neighbors, friends, adult children living elsewhere, etc.) that masking, outdoor gatherings and social distancing should still be implemented.
“Continuing the example from above, if fully vaccinated grandparents are visiting with their unvaccinated daughter and her children and the daughter’s unvaccinated neighbors also come over, the visit should then take place outdoors, wearing well-fitted masks, and maintaining physical distance (at least 6 feet). This is due to the risk the two unvaccinated households pose to one another.”
As more and more families begin to see their most vulnerable members vaccinated, it’s good news that there are paths (cleared by health officials) to safely reunite in sight.
This kids face mask gallery is a good place to start shopping!