If your family is like mine (and Kat’s), you’ve probably been facing this dilemma: What do you do when you’re vaccinated and your kids aren’t? The latest announcement regarding children’s eligibility for the vaccine revealed that the FDA may soon authorize the Pfizer vaccine for kids aged 12–15, which is great news but still leaves a lot of families uncertain about when their younger children will be eligible. In the meantime, what should we do to stay safe?
Have you and your partner been vaccinated but your kids haven’t? How are you making decisions about dining indoors at restaurants, going on vacation, and so on?
My son recently asked me when we’re going to Great Wolf Lodge again (we skipped our annual visit last year, of course), and I wasn’t sure what to tell him. (For now, I can give him an easy answer: Americans aren’t yet eligible for “discretionary” travel to Canada — vax’d or not — and we go to the Niagara Falls location, so we’re out of luck anyway…)
So, what’s a vaccinated parent with unvax’d kids to do?
Here’s the latest advice for vaccinated parents from experts interviewed by The New York Times:
1. It is safe for unvaccinated kids to accompany vaccinated parents to visit vaccinated friends and relatives, indoors and unmasked.
2. It is not safe for unvaccinated kids to accompany vaccinated parents to visit unvaccinated friends and relatives, indoors and unmasked.
3. Traveling within the U.S. with unvaccinated kids “can be done safely, as long as you take certain precautions” — this second NYT article has all the details.
4. It’s best to not bring unvaccinated kids to eat indoors with you at a restaurant.
However, the article concludes by advising parents, “Weigh the pros and cons and make decisions that are a good fit for your family.”
How about you, readers? If you’re vaccinated but your kids aren’t yet, how are you handing questions of safety right now? How are these choices affecting your plans for summer?
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