Fauci Says US Should ‘Seriously’ Consider Vaccine Mandate for Domestic Flights

Headline Roundup December 27th, 2021

In a Monday interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci said the U.S. should “seriously” consider requiring COVID-19 vaccination for domestic air travel.

“When you make vaccinations a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” Fauci said. “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.” The interview came as thousands of U.S. flights were disrupted by winter storms in several states and Omicron variant infections among flight crews. Public health officials around the world have been weighing how to respond to the new strain; on Monday, the CDC shortened the isolation recommendations for those who test positive from 10 days to five. Fauci appeared to backtrack in a Monday night interview, saying he doesn't think the U.S. will "see something like that in the reasonably foreseeable future."

Coverage was widespread on Monday, with certain center and left-rated outlets featuring the story more prominently on homepages. Updated 12/28/21 at 2:31 p.m. ET to include Fauci's comments from Monday night.

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The federal government should consider requiring Covid-19 vaccines for domestic flights, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said Monday.

“When you make vaccinations a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.”

There is no indication at this point that a vaccine mandate is on its way for U.S. flights. When asked on MSNBC, Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, declined to...

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During an appearance on MSNBC on Monday, Anthony Fauci said a Covid-19 vaccine requirement for domestic air travel “should seriously be considered.”

Fauci argued that the justification for such a sweeping rule has grown amid the rise of the Omicron variant and given the precedent of recent restrictions that bar the unvaccinated from employment, patronizing certain business, and other activities.

“If you’re talking about requiring vaccination to get on a plane domestically, that is just another one of the requirements that I think is reasonable to consider. . . . There’s requirements...

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The nation’s top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, said Monday the United States should consider a vaccination requirement for domestic air travel amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has contributed to days of disruptions for airlines that are missing crew members.

While noting that there were pros and cons to such a move, Fauci said it was “just another one of the requirements that I think is reasonable to consider,” along with similar requirements at some universities and workplaces.

“That’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC....

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