Could vaccines be mandated for U.S. air travelers?
It was reported by the Washington Post that White House Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci is in support of a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel.
"I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, that you should be vaccinated," he told theSkimm in a recorded interview.
The U.S. Travel Association disagreed with Fauci, noting that travel precautions used by airlines to control the spread of COVID-19 are already sufficient.
"The science-including studies from the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Defense-overwhelmingly points to the safety of air travel as long as masks are worn. And with the federal mask mandate for all forms of public transportation and U.S. airports extended through January 2022, proper tools are already in place to enable safe air travel for Americans," said U.S. Travel Association executive vice president of public affairs and policy Tori Emerson Barnes.
The association maintained that there should be no mandates for vaccinations for domestic travel.
"Such a policy would have an unfair, negative impact on families with young children who are not yet eligible to get the vaccine," noted Emerson Barnes. "While U.S. Travel does not endorse a national vaccine mandate, we continue to believe that vaccines are the fastest path back to normalcy for all, and we strongly encourage all who are eligible to get a vaccine immediately to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors."
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