Fauci says gathering maskless for the holidays is OK for those fully vaccinated

Anthony Fauci
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci prepares to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senators questioned Fauci and other witnesses about the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old this week. Photo credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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On Sunday, during an interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci shared that family members and those gathering for the holidays are OK to do so maskless if they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

The Chief Medical Advisor to the President shared with CNN that those traveling who are unaware of the vaccination status of others around them should continue to be masked up for their safety.

But when it comes to family gatherings, the doctor shared he is going to do so with a smile they can see this year.

"That's what I'm going to do with my family," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said to CNN.

With the resurgence of COVID-19 being fueled by the Delta variant, Fauci stressed the need to be careful and get the shot to be as safe as possible.

"Get vaccinated and you can enjoy the holidays very easily. And if you're not, please be careful," Fauci said. "Get tested if you need to get tested when you're getting together, but that's not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Get yourself vaccinated, and you can continue to enjoy interactions with your family and others."

This will be the second holiday season the world will go through with the pandemic raging on, but this year those 5 and up will be able to celebrate while vaccinated.

The doctor acknowledged that a large number of the nation remains unvaccinated. The CDC has reported that 59% of the U.S. is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 26.6% of those eligible have not received even one shot.

Fauci also shared that with the recent approval of the booster doses, for every adult who has received the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine six months ago, the definition of "fully vaccinated" remains the same.

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"Two shots for a time frame means you are fully vaccinated, but the thing you want to get the people and the viewers to understand, it isn't the effectiveness of the vaccine -- it's quite effective -- it's how long it lasts," Fauci said to CNN.

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