If I get vaccinated, does it protect my kids?
COVID-19 vaccines are not yet approved for kids. Kids will have to wait until vaccines are proven to be safe and effective for their age group before getting their shots. In the meantime, what can you do to protect the children in your life from getting COVID-19?
Immunity to COVID is not something that can be transmitted from person to person, so vaccinating adults will not directly give their children antibodies to the virus. However, we know that a significant portion of COVID infections are transmitted within households. There is also increasing evidence that vaccinated people are not as likely to spread the virus. So, if adults in a household are vaccinated, children in that household are probably less likely to be exposed to the coronavirus.
Also, since many antibodies can be transmitted from mothers to their babies through the placenta before birth and through breastmilk after birth, it is possible that vaccination of mothers could offer some protection to their infants.
Until a vaccine is approved for kids, a great way to decrease your kids’ exposure to COVID-19 to get one yourself.
Last update: February 11, 2021, 08:00am ET
Science review: ERS, JAB