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How do I protect my kids who are not vaccinated for COVID?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD explains that adults with young kids can best protect them by getting a COVID vaccine.

While we wait for the vaccine to be available for young kids, we as adults and everyone around those kids need to get vaccinated. It’s sort of like creating a little bubble of protection around them, very much like we do with newborns, right? When babies are first born, we can’t really vaccinate them just yet. So, it becomes so important that any adult—the grandparents who are visiting, the parents themselves—are vaccinated to create that little cocoon. In the same way we do that, we have to do it for kids right now when it comes to COVID-19.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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