Fauci tells families to ‘feel good’ about holiday gatherings as long as they are vaccinated

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a ubiquitous source of medical advice throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although he has been afforded significant deference from the left and much of the mainstream media, his decrees have rubbed plenty of Americans the wrong way — including his latest opinion regarding the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

“There’s no reason not to do that”

According to Fox News, Fauci weighed in on the topic by asserting that families should “feel good” about gathering together later this month as long as everyone is fully vaccinated.

He went on to note that those who are already eligible for a booster shot should receive one as soon as possible, suggesting that other mitigations efforts — such as face masks and social distancing — should also be observed during family gatherings.

Fauci’s remarks came during a panel discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he was joined by former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (D-TN), former Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and former Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen.

“If you get vaccinated and your family’s vaccinated, you can feel good about enjoying a typical Thanksgiving, Christmas with your family and close friends,” he said. “When you’re with your family at home, goodness, enjoy it with your parents, your children, your grandparents. There’s no reason not to do that.”

Of course, his permissive attitude extends only to those who are fully vaccinated and appeared to imply that even in those cases there is some level of risk involved.

“It’s too soon to tell”

Urging everyone to receive a vaccine and booster shot, Fauci declared that following his advice would “go a long way to make 2022 much more of a normal year than we’ve seen in 2021.”

He offered a glimmer of hope that the nation will not be “indefinitely” constrained by COVID-19 mitigation measures, asserting: “How quickly we get to the end depends on us, how well we vaccinate, how well we get boosted, and how well we do the kinds of things to protect ourselves. So that’s my message to the general public.”

The message he delivered this week is notably different than his advice just weeks earlier during an appearance on CBS News.

Asked by Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan if it would be OK for families to get together for Christmas, he said: “It’s too soon to tell. We’ve just got to [be] concentrating on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time.”

Instead, he said at the time that it was important to continue focusing “like a laser” on driving the rate of COVID-19 infections down.

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