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COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 are not yet available. Here are some common questions parents may have.
Although vaccines are available for people of all ages, they have not yet been authorized for children under 12 years of age. Given the increase in cases across the country, many parents wonder about the risks of involving their children in different activities or spending time with grandparents or immunocompromised people.
Here are 4 common questions about unvaccinated children:
What is the risk of COVID-19 for unvaccinated children?
Children are much less prone to severe complications of COVID-19 than adults. However, there are children who have died from COVID-19 and have experienced the long-term effects of the disease. Although the chances of children having COVID-19 are low, they may transmit the disease to adults. According to a study,the transmission rate from children to adults is about half the transmission rate from adult to adult.
What is the risk of vaccinated parents of unvaccinated children?
Jo the magazine spoke to different experts on the subject and most agreed that vaccinated people have a low risk, regardless of the vaccination status of their children. However, Dr. Saad B. Omer made this clarification when talking about indoor spaces: “If there is a situation where you are very busy and you really don’t know who is vaccinated, it is reasonable to wear a mask, especially with new variants around the corner. “
Can unvaccinated children spend time with vaccinated grandparents?
This question is difficult, as there are many variables that need to be addressed. For the most part, it depends on the vaccination status of the grandparents, their comorbidities, and the community transmission rate. Despite the vaccines, we are still in a pandemic, so health experts recommend betting on outdoor spaces and having unvaccinated children wear the mask.
What about group activities?
Outdoor sports for children should be a low-risk activity. If children have flu symptoms, they should not participate, but otherwise should be fine, especially if COVID-19 community levels are low. When it comes to indoor activities, it’s more complicated. If the location is large and with a decent airflow and the number of participating children is small and wears masks, it is preferable and lower risk than other alternatives.
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