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If you get vaccinated, can you hang with your vaccinated friends?

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently shared an upcoming guidance about socializing after vaccine

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Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks to Congress on Sept. 23, 2020.

In this Sept. 23, 2020 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, listens during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the top infectious disease experts in the United States, recently hinted that people who get the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully protected can soon socialize together.

  • “You can start getting together as individual people, even though the risk is not zero, the risk becomes extremely low when you have both parties vaccinated,” Fauci said, per CNN.
  • “Even though it isn’t backed by data, it’s backed by common sense,” Fauci told CNN Thursday night, according to the New York Post.
  • “So we’re going to start seeing people saying, ‘Hey, the more people get vaccinated, I can have dinner with my family member that comes in,” he said, according to the New York Post.

This is a change from how people were supposed to act during the early phases of the vaccination rollout, according to Fauci.

  • “Back before they were vaccinated, if they wanted to come to visit you, they would have to quarantine for a while, get tested, wear a mask,” he said, per the New York Post.

Fauci said he will do the same with his own daughter.

  • “My professional judgment is that when my daughter wants to come in here and she’s doubly vaccinated, I’m going to have her over to the house and I’m going to give her a big hug that I haven’t been able to do for a year,“ he said, according to CNN.

Flashback

“The View” host Meghan McCain had some harsh words for Fauci due to his recent comments on COVID-19, criticizing the doctor for his lack of a concrete answer, according to The Daily Beast.

  • “That being said, next week it will be a year since we left the studio and I have been very responsible in many different ways as so many Americans have been,” she said. “And the fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can’t tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I’ll be able to have dinner with my family.”