Q. My son did not get his second dosage of COVID vaccine. Can I send him to the school?

Answered by
Dr. Sanya Dhingra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 20, 2022 and last reviewed on: Nov 10, 2022

Hi doctor,

My son is 15 years old. He has recently taken his first dose of the COVID vaccine. His second dose is scheduled next month. Is it advisable for him to go to a public place before the second dose? His school wants him to report in person for resuming his classes before his second dose of the COVID vaccine. Please let us know if it is fine to attend classes in person before his second dosage.




Welcome to

I read your query and I can understand your concern.

I agree that your son must be fully vaccinated before he starts going to school. But you must be aware that people are getting infected with new strains of the COVID virus even after having taken the booster dose.

This is because they are not practicing social distancing and are not wearing their personal protective face masks.

It is very difficult to make sure that children will follow social distancing and always wear a mask while at school.

Also, the vaccines become effective only 10 to 14 days after the second dose.

So if the school agrees to delay the joining, it will be beneficial.

If not, proper counseling to children is required so that they follow all guidelines of social distancing appropriately.

Kindly follow-up for any further queries.

Thank you.

Hi doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

I have attached my son's first dose certificate. Can you kindly give a signed medical opinion for the school? Asking him not to attend school before his second vaccination. It will be really helpful to us while talking to the school.




Welcome back to

I am sorry. This is not the right platform for medical certificates . Also, nowhere in the guidelines given by the government of India, it has been mentioned that one cannot travel to school or malls without the second dose of vaccine.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

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