Anthony Fauci ‘in Favor’ of Vaccine Mandates Despite Admitting People Cannot Be Forced

A Culver City Fire Department paramedic administers a dose of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic on August 5, 2021, in Culver City, California. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Dr. Anthony Fauci is “in favor” of local vaccine mandates despite previously admitting people cannot be forced to get the jab.

Last year, Fauci spoke during a town hall with Healthline and explicitly said he did not see a vaccine mandate in the United States’s future.

“I don’t think you’ll ever see a mandating of vaccine, particularly for the general public,” Fauci said at the time, adding, “If someone refuses the vaccine in the general public, then there’s nothing you can do about that. You cannot force someone to take a vaccine.”

A person holds up a protest sign as people gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021 in New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that as of August 16th proof of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination will be required to attend indoor restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues with enforcement of the mandate to begin on September 13th. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced a vaccination mandate for state employees and patient-facing health care workers at state hospitals with an option to get weekly testing. According to CDC data, NYC is now considered a "high" or "substantial" COVID transmission area, after an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The Delta variant now accounts for over 80% of all positive cases in NYC. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

A person holds up a protest sign as people gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021 in New York City (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images).

However, Fauci has altered his position this year, actively advocating for vaccine mandates across the country.

During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union last month, Fauci expressed the belief that there should be “more mandates.”

“I have been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion that I do believe at the local level, Jake, there should be more mandates,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Jake Tapper at the time.

“There really should be,” he continued. “We’re talking about [a] life-and-death situation. We’ve lost 600,000 Americans already, and we’re still losing more people.”

At the time, Fauci added that full authorization of the vaccines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would go a long way and trigger “a lot more mandates.”

“This is serious business, so I am in favor of that,” Fauci said:

You know, one of the things that will happen, and I think the hesitancy at the local level of doing mandates is because the vaccines have not been officially, fully approved, but people need to understand that the amount of data right now that shows a high degree of effectiveness and a high degree of safety is more than we’ve ever seen with emergency use authorization.

Vaccine mandates have become an emerging theme in conversation in the past days and weeks. This month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) bragged about his plan to force businesses to discriminate against the unvaccinated via the Key to NYC Pass.

“The voluntary phase is over,” de Blasio declared, predicting that similar mandates will go into effect “all over the country.”

Indeed, San Francisco followed suit, requiring individuals to show proof of vaccination prior to entering indoor establishments such as restaurants and gyms, Mayor London Breed announced:

Recent surveys suggest the majority of unvaccinated Americans will not be coerced into getting the shot, regardless of local mandates or restrictions.

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