Fauci encourages vaccination, boosters after first U.S. case Omicron – .

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Fauci encourages vaccination, boosters after first U.S. case Omicron – .


He said he was “not so sure” that the new testing requirements that administration officials are currently weighing for international travelers would have helped catch the case sooner – as the patient was tested immediately. after starting to experience what he described as mild symptoms. And he said it was possible that in the future the federal government would change its definition of “fully vaccinated” to require international travelers to be given reminders before entering the United States.

Dr Fauci stressed the added protection offered by booster shots against variants of the virus and said Americans shouldn’t wait for drug companies to develop a booster shot designed for Omicron.

“Get boosted now,” Dr Fauci said. “We might not need a variant specific boost. “

When asked if Americans should feel free to attend holiday parties and drink holiday drinks without a mask, he replied that it depended on the size of the gathering.

“In a situation with the holiday season, indoor type environments with a family you know have been vaccinated, people you know, you might feel safe not wearing a mask and having dinner, having a reception” , did he declare. But in large public places where it is not clear whether everyone is vaccinated, he said, people should wear masks except when eating or drinking.

Jill Cowan contributed reports.

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