Parents COVID Questions

Q:  Can my parents visit my children now that they are vaccinated?

A:  According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated grandparents” can visit indoors with their unvaccinated healthy daughter or son and their healthy children without wearing masks or social distancing. This is only if none of the unvaccinated family members are at risk of severe COVID-19.

Q:  How long does it take for the vaccine to be effective? 

A: According to the CDC you are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.  If it has not been two weeks since the second dose, continue to keep taking precautions.

Q: What should people have been vaccinated continue to do to protect themselves?

A:  According to the CDC, those individuals should continue to avoid medium or large gatherings. Avoid unnecessary travel. Also, be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms if you have been around someone who is sick.

Q:  Can my child take the vaccine?

A: Currently, the Moderna vaccine is only approved for individuals 18 and over. There are currently studies underway by Moderna, to test children from 12 to 17 years of age. This vaccine is currently not available to children from 12 to 17 years of age.

The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 16 and older. They are also studying the vaccines in younger children, 12 to 15 years of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is in favor of expanded vaccine trials to include children.

Q:  How do I know if my child is suffering from seasonal allergies or COVID-19?

A:  There are symptoms which are similar for both allergies and COVID-19, but also symptoms that set them apart.

Those symptoms more common in COVID-19 include: fevers and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea and vomiting or diarrhea.

Allergies often cause itchy eyes and sneezing, which is not a common symptom of COVID-19.

Both conditions may cause a cough, shortness of breather, fatigue, headache, sore throat, or congestion.

The best way to determine which is which is to contact your pediatrician, particularly if your child has a fever.

Q: I’m so confused about the guidelines for social distancing. What’s best for my child for in-school participation?

A: The CDC has developed new guidelines for social distancing in school. The most significant change is that children can now sit 3 feet apart in the classroom, instead of 6 feet, if they are wearing masks.

Also, they should continue to stay a distance of 6 feet away in common areas such as the cafeteria, band practice, sports and other large groups. Additionally, everyone should continue to wash hands frequently.

Schools should ensure improved ventilation, and maintenance of a clean and healthy environment.

 

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