Thanksgiving will serve as blueprint for how to handle COVID-19 and the holidays this year

If people are attending Thanksgiving celebrations unvaccinated, masks should be worn when not eating.
If people are attending Thanksgiving celebrations unvaccinated, masks should be worn when not eating. Photo credit Getty Images
By , KCBS Radio

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and soon after will be Christmas and New Year’s Eve. While the holidays are a festive time and many are looking forward to reuniting with family after being apart, it’s still good to approach big gatherings cautiously.

Particularly with young children, as the vaccine for those aged 5-11 was recently approved and began being administered, many still haven’t received their shot. "They are a source of infection," said Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, a professor of medicine and public health sciences and Chief of the Internal Medicine Division at the University of Miami​ Health System on KCBS Radio’s "Ask an Expert" on Wednesday with Jeff Bell.

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People should be trying their best to get their children vaccinated, "But the holidays are upon us now," he said. Children who get vaccinated starting now won’t have enough antibodies to be protected during the upcoming holidays, he said.

"It is of some concern, but it makes it even more important that all adults are vaccinated already," said Carrasquillo.

For those gathering around the table with some that still have not gotten their shots, there are some key elements