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If you’re flying on an airline, you should be vaccinated, Dr. Fauci says

Should you be vaccinated when you fly?

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Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the coronavirus and vaccine mandates.

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on the coronavirus, recently revealed his thoughts on airplane travel and whether or not travelers should be fully vaccinated people.

Should you be vaccinated to fly?

Fauci recently spoke with The Skimm, a daily newsletter, about the coronavirus and possible mandates for children and air travel. When the question came up about airlines and traveling, Fauci revealed he supported airline travelers being vaccinated.

  • “I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel,” he said.
  • “If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” he added.

Fauci’s comments come after President Joe Biden called for federal workers, large employers and some health care staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Biden issues COVID-19 vaccine rules

Per The Associated Press, Biden’s rules call for “all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans.”

  • “And the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated,” per The Associated Press.

But that didn’t bode well with all experts. For example, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a CNN medical analyst, said Biden should have made travelers get vaccinated.

  • “I loved the speech; I wish he had gone further. I wanted the president to restrict travel this holiday season to people who’ve been vaccinated,” he said.

Do you need to wear masks on planes?

Masks are still required inside airports for travelers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most airlines require masks while flying. No airline has issued a vaccination requirement for travelers, though. But some airlines — like United Airlines — have required vaccines for their employees, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.