Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been continuously giving advice and educating the public on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci told NBC News that research suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine can help slow the spread of the deadly virus.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said whether the vaccination could prevent transmission of COVID-19 is “the looming question.”
Fauci also explained that you should get the vaccine as soon as possible when it is your turn to receive your vaccination.
As the vaccine rollout continues, Fauci said by April it would be “open season” on vaccine eligibility in the United States.
Fauci said that by “the time we get to April,” anybody in any vaccine category could start to get vaccinated.
“I would imagine, and in fact I’m fairly certain, that as we get into and towards the end of April we’ll see … pharmacies, community vaccine centers [and] mobile units really stepping up the pace of vaccination,” Fauci said.
The doctor explained how it would take a couple of months to deliver vaccines across the nation. However, he predicted that herd immunity could happen by late summer.
With various highly-contagious COVID variants being reported in the United States, even those who have previously tested positive stand a chance of being reinfected.
Fauci is urging Americans that if these variants become dominant, people who previously had COVID-19 have a “very high rate” of contracting COVID again.