Will the United States issue a national mandate for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine? It’s unlikely, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

What’s happening?

Fauci — one of the country’s top infectious disease experts — said during a livestream interview with Healthline that he doesn’t see a vaccine being required by the U.S. government, according to The Hill.

  • “I don’t think you’ll ever see a mandating of vaccine, particularly for the general public.”
  • He said he would “be pretty surprised if you mandated it for any element of the general public.”

Fauci said some businesses — like health care services — may stop people from heading into work if they don’t get the vaccine.

Optimism about the vaccine

Fauci told lawmakers back at the end of July that he has “cautious” optimism that a vaccine would be widely available by next year, according to the Associated Press.

  • “I believe, ultimately, over a period of time in 2021, that Americans will be able to get it.”
  • “I don’t think we will have everybody getting it immediately.”