Fauci told Martha Raddatz of ABC that vaccinated Americans can spend Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families.
"I believe strongly that – particularly in the vaccinated people – if you're vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible that is, obviously very young children are not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays," said Fauci.
The White House chief medical advisor also said that people who received Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine shouldn't worry about its lower efficacy after boosters have been recommended. Fauci also said that they should be happy after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) realized that it should be a two-dose vaccine based on data, albeit belatedly.
Data released from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study showed that boosting with a different shot than the vaccine someone originally received is safe and effective. According to the data, which has yet to be peer reviewed, antibody levels were higher in J&J recipients if they received a Moderna or Pfizer booster instead of a J&J booster.
On Oct. 15, the FDA's vaccine advisory panel unanimously endorsed booster shots for the J&J recipients. The panel recommended all J&J recipients to get an additional vaccine as early as two months after the first dose.
The FDA also recommended the Moderna and Pfizer boosters for Americans 65 and older or for people in higher-risk groups. Fauci noted that the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will give people the flexibility to mix and match vaccine boosters based on their individual health situations.
Now that the FDA has recommended J&J boosters for a wider group of Americans, the question turns to when Moderna and Pfizer boosters will be endorsed to the general public.
Fauci said that will depend on the data being collected by the CDC and the findings coming in from Israel, which is about a month ahead of the U.S. in its vaccine rollout. (Related: Medical police state: Fauci wants a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for air travel.)
Like Fauci, updated holiday coronavirus guidance from the CDC urged people to get vaccinated against coronavirus and wear masks when gathering.
According to the guidance issued on Oct. 15, you should get vaccinated since you will be celebrating the holidays with loved ones of different ages. However, children in the country who are 11 years old and younger aren't eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC said that outdoor gatherings are much safer compared to indoor holiday gatherings. If you plan on hosting or attending gatherings at indoor public spaces, all attendees aged two or older, whether unvaccinated or fully vaccinated, should wear well-fitting masks over their nose and mouth.
The CDC also advised that those with a weakened immune system should wear a mask when gathering. If you plan to travel for the holidays, you should cancel your plans if you aren't fully vaccinated, adding that if you're not fully vaccinated, you need to "follow CDC's domestic travel or international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people."
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