Chief health adviser to the White House Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday he supports vaccine mandates for all teachers to better protect children from contracting the coronavirus.
“I’m going to upset some people on this, but I think we should,” Fauci said during a MSNBC interview in answer to a question about requiring teachers to be vaccinated.
“I mean, we are in a critical situation now,” he said. “We’ve had 615,000-plus deaths, and we are in a major surge now as we’re going into the fall, into the school season. This is very serious business.”
Despite warnings from President Biden that the U.S. could see increased mandates with the rise in delta variant-positive cases, Fauci said the directives will not come from the federal level.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the orders would come from state leaders instead.