NIH Director Says Vacation Travel for Unvaccinated People “Not a Good Idea”
- National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins said vacation travel for unvaccinated people was not advised.
- Collins told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the omicron variant places unvaccinated people in a “vulnerable place.”
- Dr Anthony Fauci said on Friday he would be comfortable flying as he is vaccinated, boosted and will wear a mask.
National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins said vacation travel for people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 was not advised due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Dr Collins, who spoke to CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning, said those traveling this winter “should do so very carefully.”
“If you are not vaccinated I would say traveling is really not a good idea because you are now in a very vulnerable place with Omicron,” Collins said.
The NIH director advised travelers vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 to also take precautions, reminding people to wear their masks and “to avoid these large indoor gatherings with many people where sometimes caution is thrown into the wind” .
Dr Anthony Fauci said on Friday that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 “can still enjoy a social gathering” for the holidays, Insider reported.
“If you are vaccinated, your family is vaccinated, you have friends vaccinated and hopefully also boosted, you can still enjoy a social gathering, usually at home,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute. allergies and infectious diseases. the president’s chief medical adviser, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box”.
Fauci also spoke of traveling for the holidays, saying “I would have no problem getting on a plane. I’m vaccinated. I’m boosted. I know we have to wear a mask on a plane.”
However, Fauci warned that the current situation involving the Omicron variant may change quickly.
“If counts continue to rise and test positivity continues to rise, we may need to be more restrictive,” Fauci said. “But for now, people who have been vaccinated and stimulated should feel reasonably comfortable.”