Upon being asked, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top bureaucratic infectious disease expert, told Newsweek, “I’m sure” some individual institutions will make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory, while it is “quite possible” that the COVID-19 vaccine could become a required travel vaccine when visiting other countries.
He added, “Everything will be on the table for discussion” when asked if he will be discussing the possibility of introducing COVID-19 vaccine passports and potential mandatory vaccinations at a local level, including in schools, in his role as chief medical adviser to President-elect Biden.
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Fauci did admit that “It’s not up to me to make a decision. But these are all things that will be discussed [under the Biden administration].”
He doesn’t believe there will be a national COVID-19 vaccine mandate because “we almost never mandate things federally [with regards to health],” he told Newsweek.
“I’m not sure it’s [the COVID-19 vaccine] going to be mandatory from a central government standpoint, like federal government mandates. But there are going to be individual institutions that I’m sure are going to mandate it.
In other words, they know they can’t make it mandatory nationwide. But they just won’t let you do anything or go anywhere.
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“For example, influenza and Hepatitis B vaccines are mandated at many hospitals. Here at the NIH [National Institutes of Health], I would not be allowed to see patients if I didn’t get vaccinated every year with flu and get vaccinated once with Hepatitis [B]. I have to get certified every year…if I didn’t, I couldn’t see patients.”
“So in that regard, I would not be surprised, as we get into the full scope of [COVID-19] vaccination, that some companies, some hospitals, some organizations might require [COVID-19] vaccination.”
The infectious diseases pencil pusher believes schools might make it mandatory. “That is possible but that’s something that’s mandated at the state level and city level. A citywide school system might require it in some cities but not other cities. And that’s what I mean by things not being done centrally but locally.”