by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday he does not expect a vaccine mandate on US domestic flights in the short term, although such a requirement remains a possibility in the future, the Hill reports. The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, made his remarks during an interview with CNN.
Fauci has recently expressed support for a vaccine mandate for air passengers, the Hill reports. “I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” Fauci said on theSkimm podcast in September.
Concerning vaccine mandates on domestic flights, Fauci said on Sunday: “It’s always discussable. We always wind up discussing it. Right now, I don’t see that immediately.” In any event, Fauci said, the decision on whether to implement such a mandate would be taken by a number of government departments together, including but not exclusively the department of public health.
The US Travel Association President Roger Dow has stated such a vaccine mandate would be “extraordinarily difficult” to impose, the Hill said. The advocacy group Airlines for America has also expressed concerns about a possible mandate.
Although there is no vaccine mandate on domestic flights, most foreign nationals returning to the US are expected to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon their re-entry, the Hill said.
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