What You Need to Know
How can I protect my unvaccinated family members?
These are the best ways to protect your unvaccinated family members, including children who cannot get vaccinated yet:
Get vaccinated yourself. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people getting COVID-19, and can also reduce the risk of spreading it.
Be sure to get everyone in your family who is 5 years or older vaccinated against COVID-19.
Wear a mask.
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent spreading it to others, have everyone in your family, even those who are vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
You might choose to have everyone in your family, even those who are vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public, regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
Unvaccinated family members, including children ages 2 years and older, should wear a mask in all indoor public settings.
To set an example, you might also choose to wear a mask.
Do NOT put a mask on children younger than 2 years old.
Find a COVID-19 vaccine: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
How do I protect a family member who has a condition or is taking medications that weaken their immune system?
Get vaccinated yourself. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people getting COVID-19 and can also reduce the risk of spreading it.
People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may NOT be protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system or is at increased risk for severe disease, you might choose to wear a mask in all indoor public settings
regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
Choose safer activities for your family.
Outdoor activities are safer than indoor ones. If you are indoors, choose a location that is well ventilated, for example a room with open windows, and know when to wear a mask.
Avoid activities that make it hard to stay 6 feet away from others.
If your family member is younger than 2 years old 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.
Regardless of which safer activities your family chooses, remember to protect yourself and others.
If you are fully vaccinated, see When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.
Sourced: Center for Disease Control