By Nashia Baker Yahoo Life

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed nationwide, grandparents everywhere have one pressing question that’s top of mind: When can they see their grandkids again? Today Show host Savannah Guthrie posed this very question to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as people over the age of 65 in nearly every state are now eligible to receive their vaccinations. “Ultimately, yes,” Dr. Fauci said in response to whether or not grandparents are able to gather with their families again if they have been vaccinated and are healthy.

However, if only one senior in the family is vaccinated and his or her spouse is not, the infection risk is still quite high. “Then you gotta be careful,” Dr. Fauci explained. “Because grandma could still get virus in her nasopharynx, even though the vaccine is preventing her from getting physically ill. She still could have virus in her nasopharynx… Until we have the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated, and the level of virus is very low.

When you’re vaccinated, it would be prudent to wear a mask.”

Other experts added that the potential transmission of COVID-19 is still high, as children likely won’t be able to get vaccinated until ongoing trials are complete. “Those grandkids, even though they’d be less likely to get sick, they could be carrying the virus,” said Dr. Scott Weisenberg, an infectious disease specialist at NYU Langone.

“They’re certainly not going to be vaccinated for quite a while. We don’t even have the trials started for young kids. So even though grandparents (who are fully vaccinated) may be 95 percent less likely to get sick and certainly less likely to end up critically ill, there’s still going to be that chance, (especially) when the virus is spreading in the community.”

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