The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he would support mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for air travel.
“I would support that,” Dr. Fauci told The Skimm podcast on Friday. “If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people … you should be vaccinated.”
The U.S. Travel Association responded that while they support people getting vaccinated, they have “long maintained that there should be no mandatory vaccination requirement 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,” the statement continued.
They believe the mask mandate, which has been extended through January 2022, is enough to keep passengers safe — pointing to a study conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines.
The study found that the risk of COVID-19 exposure onboard an aircraft is “virtually non-existent” and when masks are worn there is only a 0.003% chance particles from a passenger can enter the breathing space of a passenger sitting beside them.
Source: Abc News