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Dr. Fauci Just Said Whether You Can Visit Grandkids After Your Vaccine

Dr. Fauci says if you’re fully vaccinated, “have fun” and visit the grandkids—with some exceptions.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci

When can a grandparent visit their grandkids during this coronavirus pandemic? It's the question on the minds of many seniors, and yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with radio host Hugh Hewitt to answer that very question. Read on for his essential advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says If You're Vaccinated, You Can See Your Grandkids if They Are Healthy

About a year ago, during an interview at the start of the pandemic, Hewitt had said to Fauci: "A lot of grandparents, including me—all of my grandkids are under nine. This weekend. I was going to go drive and see them, cause my daughter's alone, my son-in-law's deployed and there are three kids under nine. And she said to me yesterday, don't come. Is she right?"

"You know, she is right now," Fauci answered at the time. But now we have three approved vaccines, and the eldery have been prioritized to get them.

"I'm now back saying, Hey, can I go see my grandkids?" said Hewitt this week.

"Yes," answered Dr. Fauci. "As long as your grandkids are healthy and don't have an underlying condition that would make them really seriously at risk if they got infected, if they're healthy, young grandkids, you can go see them without a mask in their home. Have fun."

Remember to wait at least two weeks after vaccination, so it can kick in. "It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination," says the CDC. "That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick."

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Dr. Fauci Says You Should Not Take Your Mask Off Around Anyone With Underlying Conditions

While that's a relief—Dr. Fauci saying have fun!!!—note that he mentioned that's only if you're visiting healthy young grandkids. If you're visiting anyone at risk—like, as Fauci said last year, "those vulnerable people" with underlying conditions, then do not visit, or certainly wear a mask if you do.

Fauci's advice to Hewitt from a year ago still applies: "If you have someone who is elderly and particularly an elderly person with an underlying condition, such as heart disease and lung disease or diabetes, that puts them at an increased risk of getting the complications of coronavirus," he said at the time. "If in fact they get infected, you really want to protect those vulnerable people. So the guideline as, as stringent as it sounds, I think is not—I think I know it's appropriate because it has worked in other settings, is to essentially have these individuals, the elderly, self-isolate in the home." At least until they're vaccinated.

The CDC's official advice is about masks and vaccines is:

"It depends. For now, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with:

Until more is known, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from other people in other settings, like when they are in public or visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households."

So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.