Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical advisor and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recommends all health care workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In an interview with Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press”, Fauci suggested Americans in the medical field have a moral responsibility to get vaccinated. “You are a health care worker,” Fauci said. “Your profession, the thing you’ve devoted your life to, is to protect people, to make them well, to protect them from disease.”
Citing his own in-field experience, Fauci continued, “I see patients at the [National Institute of Health] clinical center. If I don’t get [the] flu vaccine, or hepatitis vaccine, I’m not allowed to see patients. So this isn’t something that’s brand new with COVID.”
Amid a spike in cases due to the delta variant, institutions and private businesses are considering implementing vaccine mandates. Health passes are currently underway in New York City and internationally.
In June, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Legal Counsel determined that mandating vaccines, even if not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is constitutional. The counsel’s premise is that Americans maintain their right to refuse and the consequences are “secondary.”
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