Dr. Fauci says unvaccinated kids still have to wear masks

A day after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says unvaccinated children still have to wear masks. He appeared on an interview with CNN’s “The Lead.”

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Host Jake Tapper asked Fauci if kids who haven’t received the vaccine still need to wear masks. “The children do when they’re out there playing with their friends, particularly in an indoor situation, they do,” Fauci responded.

“I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s essentially over,” Fauci said. “I think this is a very important step in the direction of trying to get back to some degree of normality. Because this is something that everyone has had on their mind … and being able to go around without a mask indoors as well as outdoors is really a big step in that direction.”

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Fauci pointed out that children 12-15 can get the vaccine, and alluded that studies show “children of any age” could also receive it.

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