We’ve been left in the lurch for nearly a year now—our daily routines upended and small comforts hard to come by. The elusive work-life balance, for parents in particular, was already a dance performed on a razor’s edge before the pandemic hit, so it’s pretty unsurprising that the virus has taken a serious toll on those of us with kids. But now with vaccine rollouts slowly happening across the country, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.
Indeed, if the news of a vaccine (or possibly the opportunity to receive one personally) has made you perk up a little bit, you’re not alone…and that sense of relief isn’t wrong, either. But you may be wondering whether that relief is the type that has an impact on your day-to-day, or if it’s just a much-needed but somewhat more abstract beacon of hope. We took our top parent-minded questions straight to the medical experts: Here’s what Dr. Robert Dracker (medical director at Summerwood Pediatrics), Dr. Jarret Patton (best-selling author and board-certified pediatrician), and Dr. George Liakeas (primary care physician and medical director of Lexington Medical Associates) think you should know.