I'm going to upset some people on this, but I think we should [require teacher vaccinations]. We've had 615,000-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. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
I'm going to upset some people on this, but I think we should [require teacher vaccinations]. We've had 615,000-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. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Fauci Says Teachers Should Be Required To Be Vaccinated
Dr. Anthony Fauci says COVID-19 vaccines should be mandatory for schoolteachers, citing the need to protect children who are too young to be vaccinated during a pandemic that has grown worse with the spread of the delta variant.

"I'm going to upset some people on this, but I think we should [require teacher vaccinations]," Fauci said Tuesday morning, in an interview on MSNBC.

"I mean, we are in a critical situation now," he said. "We've had 615,000-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."


... "There's no doubt that these vaccines are going to get fully approved," he said. "This idea about, 'It's not fully approved,' is really a false narrative. It really is. I mean, you should consider this as good as fully approved and get vaccinated."

... With millions of students now beginning to return to school for in-person classes, Fauci stressed that teachers and education officials have two main tools for protecting children who are not eligible to receive the vaccine. One step is for everyone to wear masks. The other step should be treated as a duty of school staff, he said.

"Anyone who's eligible for a vaccine, if you want to be around children, you've got to do whatever you can to protect them. And if you're eligible to get vaccinated, get vaccinated," Fauci said.

Even before the U.S. summer coronavirus surge, children were accounting for a rising proportion of new coronavirus cases, in part due to high vaccination rates among adults.

But with the country now enduring a new spike in infections due to the delta variant, children are also contracting the coronavirus at a higher rate in terms of raw numbers, according to the latest data compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/08/10/1026384528/fauci-teachers-vaccination-mandates-schools-students-covid