COVID Guidelines: Can We Hug Vaccinated Family Members?

If your grandparents got the vaccine for COVID-19, is it safe to hug them?

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines keep people from getting sick. Scientists aren’t sure if they keep people from spreading the disease. Scientists want to find out how long the COVID-19 vaccines will protect people.

Even after people get their vaccine, it’s important to be careful. Vaccinated people should still wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from other people. They should wash their hands often and avoid big crowds.

But what if people you know have had the vaccine? Is it safe for them to visit you at home? The answer is “Yes”!

Scientists say that someone who has had the vaccine can gather indoors with other people who had the vaccine. They don’t have to wear masks. They can gather indoors with people who have not had the vaccine if those people live together. That means that a grandparent who has had the vaccine can spend time with you and your family. Having the vaccine means that it’s safe to get together in small groups. And, yes, you can hug your family members!

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