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My grandchild/child is back in school and not able to be vaccinated. Can I still see them?

GEHA | October 1, 2021

COVID-19 Health and wellness
Written by: Amy Priest, RN

Amy Priest is a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager with a combined 20 years’ experience of bedside nursing, home health nursing and case management. Amy has been with GEHA since 2010 and is currently a level III nurse consultant on the population health team supporting member outreach initiatives.

A) While children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccination, their parents, older siblings, grandparents, teachers, coaches and other adults are eligible. Widespread vaccination will lower the risk of children getting infected at home and protect family members if a child brings the virus home from school.

Precautions for school children spending time with grandparents should depend on the overall community transmission, vaccination rates of the community and underlying health of the older family members. Families may wish to choose safer activities such as spending time outdoors, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and wearing a mask in indoor public places if you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older.