Dr. Fauci Says He Knows People Will Be Upset, But Teachers Should Have To Be Vaccinated

Several large corporations are requiring vaccinations for their employees, and the Pentagon has already announced that COVID-19 vaccination will soon be mandatory for members of the military. What about teachers, though, who are currently entering their classrooms with students who are too young to receive the vaccine yet?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responds to questions by Senator Rand Paul during the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 20, 2021. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / POOL / AFP) (Photo by J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, already embattled by the far-right anti-vax crowd, said on MSNBC that he knows he will upset some people with this idea, but that he does believe mandating vaccination for teachers would be a wise policy. However, he affirms that this cannot be a Federal mandate, but should be decided locally.

“We are in a critical situation now. We’ve had six hundred and fifteen thousand plus deaths, and we are in a major surge now, as we’re going into the fall, into the school season. This is very serious business. You would wish that people would see why it’s so important to get vaccinated. You’re not gonna get mandates centrally from the Federal government, but when you’re talking about local mandates, mandates for schools, for teachers, for universities, for colleges, I’m sorry. I mean, I know people must like to have their individual freedom, and not be told to do something, but I think we’re in such a serious situation now, that under certain circumstances, mandates should be done.”

His recommendation comes as states like Florida and Texas find themselves forced to ask for additional medical personnel and/or supplies to handle the surges in cases and hospitalizations in their states, and as Republican governors of those same states vociferously oppose any mandates related to the pandemic.

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