During an appearance on MSNBC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, supported vaccine mandates for teachers, arguing that local governments should be supported in their efforts to mandate teachers to vaccinate against Covid-19.
"I'm going to upset people about this, but I think we should [require teacher vaccinations]," Fauci said. “I mean, we are in a critical situation now. We have had 615,000 deaths and are now in a big surge as we head into the fall school season. This is a very serious matter. "
"You would like people to see why it is so important to get vaccinated," added Fauci. “But you won't get any mandates centrally from the federal government. I'm sorry, I know that people like to have their individual freedom and not be asked to do something. But I think we are in such a serious situation now that mandates should be carried out under certain circumstances. "
You can watch his performance in the video below.
@WillieGeist from MSNBC: "Do you think teachers should be hired to vaccinate?"
Dr. Fauci: "I'm going to upset people about it, but I think we should … We are in a big upswing now as we head into the fall, the school season. This is a very serious matter." https://t.co/valF0YJKoS
Fauci's remarks came in response to a question leading to comments from. was asked Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, made it clear that she would also work to ensure that all teachers across the country are vaccinated.
"Vaccines are the most important way to deal with COVID," Weingarten told NBC's "Meet the Press. “We've been doing vaccines in schools since 1850, it's not new to have vaccines in schools. And I think that on a personal matter, out of a personal conscience, we have to work with our employers – and not against them – on vaccination orders. "
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