Updated: May 18, 2021 06:19 PM
Created: May 18, 2021 05:36 PM
A lot of parents face a dilemma. Some members of their household are vaccinated, but others still could be waiting months for their shot.
Some parents are wondering what to do in the meantime as mask mandates are being lifted in businesses and communities around the metro.
"It's definitely kind of confusing," said Meredith Skelco of Minneapolis.
"I feel like we are leaving the children behind, but the CDC says it's low risk, so I want to believe that too," she said.
According to new CDC guidelines, it's safe to go maskless if you are fully vaccinated. Many Minnesotans have started going places like the gym and the grocery store without their masks.
But KSTP medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou says people can still bring the virus home even if they are immunized.
"I think parents need to remember while it's rare for kids to get very sick, they can still get infected," she said.
"There's no good advice coming from the CDC on this, so parents are left to make their own decision. The most important (thing) is to protect your child. If a mask helps you do that, that's what you should do," Georgiou said.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. Clinical trials are still underway for kids ages 11 years and younger.
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