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Dr. Fauci Says Fully Vaccinated Families Can Celebrate Together at Home Without Masks

Dr. Fauci Says Fully Vaccinated Families Can Celebrate Together at Home Without Masks

COVID-19 isn’t invited to anyone’s Thanksgiving celebration. But as the nation prepares for the busiest holiday travel weekend of the year, those who are vaccinated and choose to stay home can at least host their fellow vaccinated family members without worrying about having to wear masks.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and told host Dana Bash that’s what he’s planning to do with his own family on Thursday. “Get vaccinated and you can enjoy the holidays very easily. And if you’re not, please be careful,” Dr. Fauci said. “Get tested if you need to get tested when you’re getting together, but that’s not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Get yourself vaccinated and you can continue to enjoy interactions with your family and others.” However, Dr. Fauci also said that if you are traveling or are unaware of the vaccination status of the people around you, then you should wear a mask in those situations.

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For now, Dr. Fauci said the U.S. definition of “fully vaccinated” remains the same: two doses (or one, in the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) given within a certain time frame. But those guidelines could potentially change with more data. Dr. Fauci also strongly recommends the COVID-19 booster shots for all eligible groups.

Those who are eligible for vaccines but remain unvaccinated pose a risk not just to themselves and other people who are unvaccinated, Dr. Fauci said, “but it also spills over into the vaccinated people, because no vaccine is 100% effective.”

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Dr. Fauci stressed the importance of vaccines and boosters going into the next few months, as he noted an uptick in cases is “not unexpected” in the winter.



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