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Dr. Fauci Recommends Vaccine Requirement for Domestic Flights


Source: Reuters

Amid the surging omicron variant, Dr. Fauci says officials should “seriously consider” a vaccine requirement for domestic flights.

Although the US requires international visitors to show proof of vaccination before entering the country, there are currently no vaccination requirements for domestic air travel.

“There’s requirements that you might want to get if you want to get into college, or you want to go to a university, or you want to work in certain places,” Dr. Fauci told MSNBC. “When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated. If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.”

“It has extraordinary capability of transmitting very efficiently from person to person,” Fauci said of the omicron variant. “…We really still need to be extremely careful getting people vaccinated, getting people boosted, making sure we wear masks. We’re in a tough situation with Omicron. It’s not something to be taken lightly.”

“Even if this virus is inherently less severe, just the volume of the numbers of cases that we’re gonna have could actually put a stress on the hospital system,” Fauci told MSNBC.

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