What's The Risk Of A Small Gathering After The Vaccine?

In our series "What's the Risk?" experts weigh in on what risks different scenarios pose for transmitting COVID-19.
Posted at 4:24 PM, Apr 07, 2021

As more people become vaccinated, you might be wondering about the risks of getting sick with COVID-19. 

We asked the experts, after you’ve been vaccinated, what’s the risk of a gathering of 10 people or less?

Their take: The risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.

"It's really where you're going and what you're doing there that puts people at risk," said Dr. Irfan N. Hafiz, infectious disease physician and northwest region chief medical officer at  Northwestern Medicine. 

"After two weeks, you definitely have built the immunity you need and definitely is much safer than it was prior," Katie Cary, assistant vice president of infection prevention for HCA Continental Division, told Newsy. 

"It really depends on how many households would be involved, who's going, and are they vaccinated or if not. Are they at high risk for severe disease? If there's more than two households or there are unvaccinated people with high-risk conditions, the risk of that situation rises up into the moderate, if not high-risk category," Dr. Kelly Cawcutt, associate medical director of infection control and epidemiology at Nebraska Medical Center, said. 

"If those 10 people were vaccinated themselves and there's zero risk, according to the CDC. And if those 10 people are a member of a single household, then that's also OK," Dr. Frank Esper, pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, said.

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