Tips for travel with unvaccinated kids
Traveling with children requires a lot of planning at the best of times, and doing so during a pandemic has added a whole new set of difficulties to the permanent adventure of parenting. Traveling with kids who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine can be particularly tricky.
So, How can you enjoy traveling with kids and make sure that they are safe and that their risk of infection with COVID-19 is kept at a minimum? Here are our tips-
Even vaccinated kids could still become unwell if they contract SARS-CoV-2, so in order to fully enjoy your trip, it is important to plan ahead in order to keep your children safe and healthy.
1. Opt for outdoor activities
You may want to consider making plans that involve mostly outdoor settings and activities, Particularly if your kids haven’t had the COVID-19 vaccine.
Plan on taking a vacation to a tropical place or another place with good weather so you can do many outdoor activities.Go camping, hiking or take a road trip in an RV.
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Plan activities that keep kids outdoors.
If flying, try to opt for arrangements that will minimize children’s contact with other passengers.
At boarding time, although staff suggests that families with young children and infants board the plane before the general public does, it may be safer to request a seat at the front of the plane, and board after everybody else has boarded.
2. Ensure all adults wear face masks
This measure can help keep you, your children, and other travel companions safe. If you are traveling or sharing indoor spaces with people from outside your household or who have not been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, it is particularly important to ensure that everyone who can will be wearing a mask to prevent viral spread.
3. Get your own vaccinations on track
This is important because the COVID-19 vaccines will not only help protect you against developing severe covid, but they may also help reduce the risk of spreading the new coronavirus to others, including children and teens in your household.
Remember the instruction to put on your own oxygen mask first in case of an emergency on a flight, so that you can then fit the mask on children who will need your help? It is a little like that with the COVID-19 vaccine: if you are able to receive it, it will help protect your kids too.
4. Keep up to date with other vaccinations
It is also important to make sure that children stay up to date with routine vaccinations, which will protect them from other communicable diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted routine childhood vaccination programmes around the world. Yet it is now as important as it has ever been to ensure that children are safe from common viral infections.
To sum up: vaccinate where possible, wear a mask on public transport, keep up good hygiene practices, and opt for outdoor settings if you can. Other than that, just enjoy spending quality time with your kids.