Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, recently joined the chorus of those calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, declaring that teachers should be subject to mandatory vaccinations before their return to the classroom this fall.
“I’m going to upset people, but I think we should,” Fauci warned of his suggestion that teachers be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.
It “should be done”
“We’ve had 600,000-plus deaths and we are in a major surge now as we’re going into the fall, into the school season,” Fauci said. “This is very serious business.”
Still, Fauci made clear that he was advocating for state and local vaccine requirements rather than a national version imposed by the federal government.
“You’re talking about local mandates, for schools, for teachers for universities for colleges,” the NIAID director said.
He added: “I’m sorry. I know people must like to have their individual freedom and not be told to do something but I think we’re in such a serious situation now that under certain circumstances mandates should be done.”
“We obviously have to balance, you know, the discussion that we’ve had now for, you know, over a year is to balance the negative impact on kids from keeping them out of school,” Fauci continued.
Are kids even in danger?
Fauci argued that COVID’s delta variant makes it necessary to “surround the children with people, who if they are eligible to be vaccinated, get vaccinated.”
He went on to insist that “if you want to be around children, you have to do whatever you can to protect them. If you’re eligible to get vaccinated, get vaccinated since children of certain ages can’t get vaccinated.”
However, there is very little evidence to make a compelling case that children are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that just 354 people aged 17 and under have died from the disease since January 2020, and many of them likely had comorbidities.
Meanwhile, others are pursuing a more aggressive approach with regard to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has made proof of COVID-19 vaccination a requirement to participate in many public activities, as Fox News reported.