One Wisconsin grandmother is being denied the opportunity to see her grandchildren despite being fully vaccinated herself, a Wall Street Journal article highlights.
Pamela Zimmer from Brookfield, Wisconsin, had received both of her vaccinations, and called her daughter eager to finally see her grandchildren Hank, 6, and Lena, 3, who live in Silver Spring, Maryland with their mother. Zimmer hadn't seen them since October.
Despite being fully vaccinated, and CDC rules allowing vaccinated people to travel freely, Zimmer's daughter Natalie said that wasn't the best idea. Why? Because the kids haven't been vaccinated, even though the CDC hasn't authorized any vaccines yet for use among children and children are not high vectors of the disease.
"We've had awkward conversations where I've said, "I'm not sure it is the right thing right now," said Natalie. She was concerned with the grandparents passing COVID-19 onto her kids, who have yet to receive any vaccinations. Natalie and her husband both had received the first dose.
CDC findings show that children are reported to contract COVID-19 far less than any other age bracket, and those that do contract it are less likely to be hospitalized, or pass away due to the virus.
Pamela, on the other hand, is 67, according to the Wall Street Journal. This age bracket, according to the CDC, will get the virus around the same amount as their control group of ages 5 to 17 year-olds. This age bracket, though, is 40 times more likely to be hospitalized and 1,300 times more likely to die from the virus.
Natalie told the Wall Street Journal that grandparents would still have to take strict precautions when visiting, despite guidance by the CDC that those vaccinated can relax a little. Natalie will be requiring those visiting to quarantine for several days and take a covid test.
Pamela decided she would wait until everyone is able to be vaccinated. Currently, Moderna's youngest age that can get the vaccine is 18, while Pfizer is 16. Trials have begun for children under 12, but no vaccine has officially been authorized.