Health Advice



Ask the Pediatrician: Can my kids hug their grandparents now that they’re vaccinated?

Dr. Corinn Cross, American Academy of Pediatrics on

Published in Health & Fitness

– Limiting your exposure to crowds and large numbers of people is still advised until herd immunity is reached. This can be done by keeping gatherings small and, if possible when traveling, choosing to drive instead of fly.

– Vaccines take time to work. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose, so wait until that time to see the grandparents. Fully vaccinated means two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

– Good hand hygiene is always a smart idea. Your best bet is to wash your child’s hands with warm water and ordinary soap for 20 seconds.

– If you have had a known COVID-19 exposure, you still need to follow the guidelines of your local health department and self-quarantine for the recommended period of time.

Being physically separated from grandparents during the pandemic has been tough for many families. In addition to providing unconditional love and support for children, many grandparents play a vital role in helping parents care for them.

Reconnecting with family members will be very important as more people get the vaccine. After the grandparents and other loved ones are fully vaccinated and you and the kids are feeling healthy, then a great big mask-free hug is just what the doctor ordered!




Dr. Corinn Cross is a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson. For more information, go to, the website for parents from the AAP.


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