Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief COVID adviser, said he is “certain” that as soon as the FDA grants full approval of the COVID shots, there will be a flood of mandates on the local level.
Speaking Aug. 7 on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fauci said he expects full FDA approval of COVID shots in the next few weeks.
“I hope it’s in the month of August,” he said. “If that’s the case, you’re going to see the empowerment of local enterprises giving mandates. That could be colleges, universities, places of business – a whole variety. And I strongly support that.”
Fauci doesn’t expect there to be a federal mandate, but increased coercion on the local level is something he believes must be done.
“The time has come, as we’ve got to go the extra step to get people vaccinated,” he said. “You want to persuade them? That’s good, and I believe that some people on their own, once it gets approved as a full approval, will go ahead and get vaccinated. But for those who do not want, I believe mandates at the local level need to be done.”
Fauci’s comments come at a time when many Americans are protesting companies that are now firing employees if they decline to submit to the COVID jab.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has repeatedly said he will not mandate vaccines on the state level, but a growing number of local entities are doing so on their own. Last week, Anchorage residents held a large protest outside the Alaska Native Medical Center, which is one many Alaska employers that are now ordering employees to get the COVID jab in order to keep their jobs.
Similarly, Providence Health & Services Alaska, the state’s largest private employer is mandating that all its caregivers submit to COVID shots by Sept. 30. Failure to do so, and employees will be required to undergo multiple protocols that include enhanced COVID testing, infection prevention and mandatory vaccine-related education. Providence has about 5,000 employees.