CDC has updated its guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. See Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
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Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

Families with Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Members

Families with Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Members

What You Need to Know

  • If you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, you’ve taken the first step toward protecting yourself and your family and returning to activities you did before the pandemic.
  • Some family members may still need to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19, such as children too young to get vaccinated or people with weakened immune systems.

How can I protect my unvaccinated child?

Masked unvaccinated child

These are the best ways to protect your child, or a child you care for, who cannot get vaccinated yet:

  • Get vaccinated yourself. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people getting and spreading COVID-19.
  • If your child is 2 years and older, make sure that your child wears a mask in public settings and takes other actions to protect themselves.
    • To set an example, you also might choose to wear a mask.
  • If your child is younger than 2 years or cannot wear a mask, limit visits with people who are not vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown and keep distance between your child and other people in public.

How do I protect a family member with a weakened immune system?

My family members aren’t vaccinated. How do I protect them?

  • Get vaccinated yourself. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people getting and spreading COVID-19.
  • Any family member who is not fully vaccinated should keep taking steps to protect themselves and others, like wearing a well-fitted mask and staying 6 feet from others in public.

Are some activities safer than others?

For more information, see Choosing Safer Activities.