While traditional Halloween celebrations last year were discouraged by federal health agencies, this year Americans can look forward to enjoying the spooky fun of trick-or-treating, said Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor.
“Particularly if you’re vaccinated, you can get out there — you’re outdoors for the most part,” he said during a CNN interview on Sunday.
“I mean, this is a time that children love.”
Fauci’s encouragement to enjoy the scariest time of the year comes amid a decline in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, sparking hope that the summer surge fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus is receding.
At the same time, new studies on coronavirus vaccination for younger children are underscoring the push for these shots to become available for those younger than 12.
Fauci, who is the White House’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that data on coronavirus vaccination for children will be “coming before the FDA relatively soon.”
If vaccination for this group is approved, he said, greater protection from the virus could be achieved for the overall population.
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