Advice for Parents with Unvaccinated Children


Since the new announcement from the CDC that fully vaccinated people can take their masks off in most settings, there has been much confusion about what the guidance means explicitly, especially for the parents of young children. We advise everyone to follow local and state regulations and business policies. 

What are the COVID-19 risks for children? 
While young children are much less likely to become severely ill from COVID-19, they can still get sick and spread the virus to others. Children should still be encouraged to wear their masks and avoid crowded public spaces. 

What are the vaccine recommendations for children? 
As of May 10th, the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents aged 12 through 15. There currently are not any vaccines approved for children under the age of 12 in the US. 

What is the mask guidance for children? 
It is not recommended for children under the age of 2 to wear a mask. Children ages 2 to 12 years old should still wear masks in public settings and indoors. Children aged 12 and older should still wear masks in public settings and indoors unless they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the second dose). 

Masks are still required for everyone on planes, public transportation, and in hospitals or doctor’s offices.   

What if I’m fully vaccinated, but my kids aren’t? 
According to the CDC, you can safely take off your mask in most places. The CDC does not list an exemption for parents with unvaccinated children in their household. You can safely travel if you take certain precautions and are aware of restrictions. 

Some parents may decide to keep wearing a mask to set a good example for their kids since they often do what they see their parents do. Some recommend not changing anything. Most children are finally used to the safety strategies we have been living with, so it may make sense to continue masking for a bit longer. 

If you or your child are immunocompromised, please consult a physician before traveling.  

Assess your Risk  
Ultimately, it is up to the parent to know what is best for their child and family. Assess the risks and benefits of each situation while continuing to follow regulations. Research the infection rate in your community and places you want to go. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the warmer weather and outdoor activities with your children! 

CDC Guidelines are constantly changing.  Please download the Global Travel Plus Mobile App for up-to-date guidelines and COVID-19 resources. 
Posted: 6/4/2021 10:02:40 AM