In yet another flip-flop, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that you are allowed to celebrate the holidays, so long as you’re vaccinated.
“I believe strongly that – particularly in the vaccinated people – if you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible, that is obviously very young children and not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays,” Fauci said on ABC News, per BizPacReview.
“It’s so important to get vaccinated, not only for your own safety, for that of your family, but also for the good of the community, to keep the level of infection down,” he continued. “When you do that, there’s no reason at all why you can’t enjoy the holidays in a family way, the way we’ve traditionally done it all along.”
The announcement comes as quite a shock, as just two weeks ago, the CDC encouraged yet another holiday season filled with virtual celebrations and outdoor gatherings.
“Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19,” the updated guidance read, per Human Events News. “The safest way to celebrate is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others.”
Also two weeks ago, Fauci said it’s too soon to tell.
“We’ve just got to keep concentrating on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” Fauci said regarding Thanksgiving.