My Patients Ask — Do COVID vaccinated adults protect unvaccinated children?

It should be no shock, that like with many other vaccines, the answer is yes.

The New York Times reported on new research from Israel published in Nature Medicine that “provides real-world evidence that widespread vaccination against the coronavirus can also protect people who are unvaccinated.”

The study “took advantage of the fact that until recently Israel was only vaccinating people 16 or older.”

According to the article, “For every 20 percentage point increase in the share of 16- to 50-year-olds who were vaccinated in a community, the researchers found, the share of unvaccinated under 16s who tested positive for the virus fell by half.”

The researchers concluded, “These results provide observational evidence that vaccination not only protects individuals who have been vaccinated but also provides cross-protection to unvaccinated individuals in the community.’


This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

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