Vaccinated Boca Parents, Unvaccinated Kids: What’s Safe to Do as a Family?

COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone age 16+, so many Boca parents have done their part to help combat the spread of COVID in our community by getting their shot. But what happens when you’ve had your vaccine (yay vaccinated Boca parents!), but your kids aren’t eligible to get theirs yet? And how long until kids ARE eligible? When can we resume family travel? And the biggest question of all…WHEN CAN WE ALL JUST GO BACK TO NORMAL?!

Vaccinated Boca Parents, Unvaccinated Kids: What's Safe to Do?Local Pediatrician, Chad Rudnick M.D. FAAP of Boca VIPediatrics weighs in with some sound advice on keeping us all sane during this vaccine “limbo” time. “Clinical trials are underway and we expect kids ages 12 and up to be eligible in the next couple of months,” says Dr. Rudnick. “But the timeline for younger children may stretch out until closer to 2022.” Not exactly the news vaccinated Boca parents want to hear…

So…does this mean that those of us Boca moms with little ones at home are stuck isolating again like last summer?!

“Not necessarily,” says Dr. Rudnick. “As long as we continue to stress the importance of vaccines for those who are eligible, we’ll hopefully see the number of cases decrease and we can protect babies and young children who are not yet eligible.”

Okay…so no isolating, but no giant crowds either? Is there a happy medium? How can we best protect our Boca kids while still enjoying life events, time with family/friends and activities?

“Each family is going to have to determine their own comfort level with risk…while the long term effects of COVID are still unknown, there is also the balance of keeping kids completely isolated from social activities and the resemblance of a ‘normal’ life,” Dr. Rudnick says. “We’ve seen that schools and daycares can be run safely and kids can interact with other kids and learn, play and most important… just be kids.”

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So we compiled a list of top tips for venturing out with young children this summer, with Dr. Rudnick weighing in on his best advice for each scenario. Whatever your family chooses, remember the most important rule of thumb: If you or your child is sick or were sick recently, please stay home!”

Tips for Venturing Out With Children as Vaccinated Boca Parents:

  1. “If you’re venturing out to restaurants with little ones in tow, opt for outdoors. We know outdoor seating is better than indoors. Luckily we live in an area where most restaurants have options for outdoor dining.” {Dear Boca Restaurants, More Outdoor Fans Please! Love, Everybody}

Vaccinated Boca Parents, Unvaccinated Kids: What's Safe to Do?

Summer Camp
  1. “Parents should talk to the camp directors to find out what they are doing different this summer to keep kids safe. How will safety be enforced? Will the adults and counselors over 16yo be vaccinated? Once parents receive this information, they can make an informed decision on what’s best for their children.”

Vaccinated Boca Parents, Unvaccinated Kids: What's Safe to Do?

  1. “There are a number of factors that need to be evaluated on a case by case basis when making a decision to take that family trip this summer. Is your child old enough to wear their mask properly if you’re flying on an airplane? Does the place you’re visiting have an abundance of outdoor activities and will mask wearing be enforced in crowded areas? Are you able to drive to your destination? Families can certainly weigh their risk/benefit to find the safest option for their family this summer.

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Family/Friend Gatherings
  1. “We know that the risk of vaccinated households getting together, even with unvaccinated children is low. But, outdoor gatherings are still recommended over indoors when multiple unvaccinated people are involved. And, wearing masks is still recommended for indoor activities, similar to school. The goal is to make the only unvaccinated people within a group gathering to be the children at this time, because they are not yet eligible for the vaccine. Every vaccinated adult helps protect an unvaccinated child.
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And If You’re Sick…
  1. And, finally, “If you/your child/any member of your household is sick or was sick yesterday/recently, cancel your plans.”

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, folks! Be safe, be smart and if you haven’t already, join us already vaccinated Boca parents and help us get life back to a new normal!

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