HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine from Huntsville Hospital? There are steps you can take to speed up the process.
If you get an email from Huntsville Hospital about a vaccine appointment and you've already received your vaccine (regardless of where you got it), you don't need to do anything.
If you have not received the vaccine and have not been scheduled for your appointment yet, Huntsville Hospital wants to expedite your appointment. Please use the new self-scheduling application on their website at huntsvillehospital.org/covid-19-vaccination.
What happens if only some of the people in your home are vaccinated?
Companies like Pfizer and Moderna are currently testing how children will react to the COVID-19 vaccine.
So how can people navigate a 'half-vaccinated household?' Do they still have to follow CDC guidelines?
To verify, we spoke to two Macon pediatricians, Dr. Lance Slade and Dr. Kat Duncan, and referred to Dr. Anthony Fauci's comments in a recent CBS interview.
The short answer, according to our sources, is yes.
"Once someone is vaccinated, the guidelines change a little bit," says Duncan.
She says you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask and you can be inside with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, but with kids, she says you still need to be careful.
"We know some children have less severe disease, initially. They are still at risk for some very serious complications."
"If the adults are vaccinated and you're in the home with your child, you don't need to wear a mask and you can have physical contact," said Fauci in an interview on CBS' Face the Nation.
Duncan agrees, but says you, and especially your kids, shouldn't get too relaxed yet.
"They are still susceptible, so just because you're not going to pass the virus onto your children doesn't mean that they are protected and so you still want to maintain public distancing, you still want to encourage their mask use, good hand washing."
Dr. Lance Slade says the quarantining rules are a little different for half-vaccinated households.
"If a child has it, then the parents are considered exposed, but if the child is just exposed, then we just take care of the child, so we're OK in that regard."
There is good news on the horizon.
Pfizer announced its vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12.
Pfizer plans to ask the FDA to allow emergency use of the shots for children 12 to 15 in the coming weeks.