Dr. Anthony Fauci urged Americans on Monday to get vaccinated for Covid-19 once a vaccine is available to them.
Most Americans who want to be vaccinated will be able to do so by April or May next year, said Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“As long as you’re susceptible, you are part of the problem,” Fauci told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “If you want to be part of the solution, get vaccinated and say, ‘I'm not going to be one of the people that's going to be a stepping stone for the virus to go to somebody else. I'm going to be a dead end to the virus.’”
Fauci said it’s understandable that some people, especially those from certain minority communities, are hesitant to get vaccinated. But the benefits outweigh the risks, he said.
“We've got to reach out and engage them at the community level to make sure that that reluctance, for reasons that are understandable, don't prevent people who really need the vaccine from getting the vaccine,” he said.