He also called on all eligible Americans to come out and get vaccinated.
“We are a private company. If anyone wants to fight me for the vaccine mandate, that’s fine. Let’s take it to court, ”Scaramucci said on“ Squawk Box, ”while imploring other companies to do the same.
“Make a decision. You are a private company. Let’s stop it. We have to keep people safe. Get vaccinated. If you don’t want to be vaccinated, go. That should be the message, and people will. start getting vaccinated. “
Scaramucci’s comments on Friday come at a critical time in the coronavirus pandemic, as the United States sees a spike in new infections linked to the highly transmissible delta variant, and as health officials scramble to fight the disease. hesitation and opposition to the Covid vaccine.
About 49% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated and 56.4% have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the people in the country who have received vaccines have received vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which require two vaccines. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires injection. These are the only three approved for emergency use in the United States
However, vaccination rates have slowed considerably since mid-April, when the seven-day average daily doses administered exceeded 3.4 million. As of July 17, the weekly average of daily doses administered was just under 450,000, according to CDC data.
Scaramucci, who had a brief stint as White House communications director in the Trump administration, has sought to push back on various conspiracy theories on Covid vaccines. He stressed that they are safe and effective in preventing serious illness and death, and have been shown to reduce the transmission of the virus.
“I don’t have a microchip in my body. It did not genetically modify my cells. What he does is protect me from the worst pandemic in the last 100 years, and it allows our economy to open up, ”said Scaramucci, noting he also considers it his responsibility as a father. of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. “If you have young children… get vaccinated to protect your children. “
Scaramucci acknowledged that some people may be wary of government and big institutions, but said the science of vaccination is clear. The more Americans who take the Covid vaccine, the better it is for the whole country, he said.
“I don’t like totalitarian nonsense. It is not about that. It’s every now and then that we have to team up as a society to protect each other, ”Scaramucci said, while later referring to the greater theory of good. “If we all get vaccinated, we will get into society faster and the economy will grow faster, and there will be more jobs and more income,” he said.
Companies requiring their employees to be vaccinated has been a contentious issue throughout the pandemic, in part because the Food and Drug Administration has only granted the vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and J&J an emergency use authorization.
Former FDA chief and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb later told CNBC on “Squawk Box” that he expects companies and organizations to take a stand. more authoritative on vaccination requirements once full regulatory approval has been given.
“As we head into fall and winter, hopefully the vaccines will be fully approved… I think you’re going to see more mandates put in place. Certainly in the health care community you are starting to see this become more common, ”he said.
“Businesses want to restart. People want to restart business, and as the vaccines are going to provide an additional measure to be able to do that safely and protect the places where you gather people, I think you’re going to see more sports teams, more places of business, start making vaccination compulsory, ”he added.