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 are effective at keeping people from getting sick. But scientists aren’t sure if they keep people from spreading the disease. Scientists are also researching to find out how long the COVID-19 vaccines will protect people.

Since scientists are still studying the vaccine, it’s important that people who’ve been vaccinated still be careful after they get the vaccine. Vaccinated people should still wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from other people, wash their hands often, and avoid big crowds.

But what if your grandparents or other family members have had the vaccine? Is it safe for them to visit you at home? The answer is “Yes”! People who have been fully vaccinated can start doing some of the same things they did before the pandemic.

Scientists say that if someone has been fully vaccinated, they can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks. They can also 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 gather indoors with you and the people who live with you. Although people still should not go to large gatherings, 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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