Dr. Anthony Fauci is preparing to bid farewell to his government work after nearly 50 years, and as he gets ready to leave his role, he has one final message: get your vaccinations.
Fauci’s service has included working as the president’s chief COVID-19 adviser, and even though he’s almost done in the role, he continues to push for Americans to get their vaccines and boosters.
“Please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated Covid-19 shot as soon as you’re eligible to protect yourself, your family, and your community,” Fauci said.
Fauci, 81, has served as the head of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 38 years. While he assumed his role as the nation’s top COVID-19 adviser with a plethora of experience, many have taken shots at him.
Fauci spoke at the White House podium for the final time on Tuesday after more than 100 briefings put him as the public face of the U.S. response to the pandemic.
After a tumultuous three years, which has resulted in him being investigated by House Republicans, he is stepping down. However, he did not say what he will be doing next.
Even though it was his final briefing, Fauci continued to warn of the dangers of COVID-19, sharing that around 300 Americans are still dying every day.
Fauci touched on the rhetoric around vaccines that is still being fought to this day and started very early in the pandemic before the shots were even ready. He shared that as a physician he wants to see everyone healthy.
“As a physician, it pains me because I don’t want to see anybody get infected,” Fauci said. “I don’t want to see anybody hospitalized, and I don’t want to see anybody die from Covid. Whether you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat doesn’t make any difference to me.”
With the holidays arriving, the nation is approaching what Fauci said could be a “tripledemic” if hospitals fill again due to increasing cases of COVID-19, the flu, and other illnesses.
Fauci was asked what he would like people to remember him by and said that he wants people to know that he left everything on the field.
“Every day for all of those years, I’ve given it everything that I have,” Fauci said.