Travel to Florida, vaccine side effects

Free Press readers have lots of questions about COVID-19. We’ve asked experts and tracked down sources to help sort through the information swirling about the virus, the vaccines, and more. 

Please continue to ask us questions and we’ll continue to seek answers. Submit your questions to us by emailing Free Press health reporter Kristen Jordan Shamus at [email protected] and we’ll answer as many as we can. 

Here’s this week’s Q&A: 

QUESTION: My wife and I are planning a trip to Florida to visit our daughter who has received both doses of the vaccine. Our grandchildren are 6 and 4. Are there any precautions we should take?

ANSWER: If you and your wife are both fully vaccinated — that means it has been at least two weeks after both of you got your final dose — and your daughter is too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s OK to get together indoors without masks or social distancing.

A Delta aircraft takes off near the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, Thursday, March 12, 2020.

It’s also OK to see people from one other unvaccinated household (if you consider that household your daughter’s house because your unvaccinated grandchildren live there, too) as long as they or others in the house are not at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness. 

The tricky part is going to be getting to Florida. The CDC still hasn’t loosened the travel recommendations for vaccinated people, and urges all Americans to stay home to protect themselves and others from the virus.