Fauci on Thanksgiving: ‘among vaccinated people, enjoy the holiday’

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It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated recommendations on how to safely celebrate the holiday season during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The CDC says the first and most important way to protect you and those around you from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated against the virus — including children ages 5-11, who Now you can get Pfizer PFE,
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Last week, the CDC also recommended that anyone 18 years of age or older get a COVID booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA,
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“It’s a strong recommendation,” Dr. Matthew Daly, CDC advisor at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, told the Associated Press. “I want to make sure we provide as much protection as possible.”

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In a recent TV show on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president, urged people to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday safely.

“Obviously if you haven’t been vaccinated, you’re in a position where you’re more likely to get infected,” Fauci said on CNN.

He further added that traditional Thanksgiving activities such as having a large meal with family members are much safer if all attendees are vaccinated.

“Enjoy the holiday in the family setting, especially among those who are vaccinated,” Fauci continued.

As Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays draw to a close, some experts fear gatherings and increased travel could lead to a new surge in COVID cases.

According to data from Adobe, it is predicted that Thanksgiving travel will return to pre-pandemic levels as flight bookings in 2021 were down just 1% compared to 2019.

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The global number of COVID-19 cases topped 257.6 million on Monday, and the death toll rose to nearly 5.15 million. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University,

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