Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel and direct!, the Biden administration’s senior COVID-19 adviser was asked if he was frustrated with those who resist inoculation.
“Yeah, Jimmy, it’s very frustrating,” Fauci said. “There is a social responsibility we should all have to end this epidemic. And if you have a bunch of people who can naturally think they’re invulnerable because they’re young and healthy … and so it doesn’t make a difference if they’re infected because they’re probably going to be fine, this is really not the right attitude. “
Fauci’s comments came a day after top scientists in the country concluded that herd immunity was unlikely to be achieved, largely due to the fact that a significant portion of the population decided that it was getting vaccinated just wasn’t their cup of tea.
As he has done so many times before, Fauci explained how this refusal blunts the effectiveness of the national immunization effort.
“If you allow yourself to be infected, it’s not just you in a vacuum,” he said. “You can inadvertently and innocently infect someone else who will infect someone who is really in trouble… This is the really frustrating part.While more than half of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and everyone aged 16 and over has been eligible to sign up for a date since mid-April, vaccination rates are declining, especially in the red states. About half of Republicans under 50 say they don’t get the vaccine. And it certainly doesn’t help when influential media figures like Joe Rogan are pushing nefarious vaccine myths.
Still, Fauci argued that one shouldn’t let go of vaccine reluctance, as they might be persuaded to get vaccinated if the process becomes easier. As he said, he has a “moral responsibility” to do what he can to get them vaccinated – a task made even more difficult, he added, by disinformation and conspiracy theories. flowing online on the process.