Although millions of Americans have received the COVID-19 vaccine, the United States is not free from the deadly virus responsible for the global pandemic. With the new Delta variant on the rise, cases are skyrocketing across America as more and more people get sick. Although most people getting sick have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, the Delta variant continues to pose a dire threat to Americans who want to get back to normal life.
During a conversation on Monday on CBS This Morning, anchor Gayle King spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci. While speaking to the doctor, King confessed that she is frustrated with people who have not yet received the vaccination. King even admitted that members of her family are not willing to get the shot, which has forced her into a very difficult situation.
“I don’t know how many more times you can say to people, ‘Listen, it will save your life,’” she told Dr. Fauci. “I have this problem with some members of my own family, which I’m now going to ban for Thanksgiving vacation. That’s how strongly I’m taking what you’re saying.”
Millions of Americans take the life-and-death threat of COVID-19 seriously. King is one such person. However, there are many other people who continue to flout social distancing rules and mask mandates despite not getting one of the approved COVID-19 vaccinations. About half of America has been vaccinated, which still leaves plenty of people who can easily get infected from the highly contagious Delta variant that continues to threaten American lives.
Dr. Fauci confirmed that vaccines are very effective at preventing the transmission of the virus. In addition, someone who has received the vaccine is much less likely to die or become grievously ill from COVID-19, even if they manage to contract the illness.
“We really have to get more people vaccinated because that’s the solution,” he said. “This virus will, in fact, be protected against, with the vaccine.”
For the millions of Americans who have received a vaccine, it doesn’t make much sense why others are not getting it. Not only have these vaccines been proven to be highly effective at protecting people from COVID-19, but the side effects of these vaccines are also exceptionally rare. Maybe the unvaccinated simply do not care about the threat of COVID-19 or about doing their part to help slow the spread of the killer virus.
Gayle King hopes her family members will get vaccinated. She is a big proponent for the new vaccines and spoke on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert about how she survived throughout the pandemic and is looking for life to get back to normal.
“I was so afraid to leave the house,” she told Colbert about her time in quarantine. “But now, Stephen, I am vaccinated. It is my superpower. I am vaccinated. … I’m taking little baby steps back into the world.”
However, King will not be inviting family members who have failed to receive the vaccination to her Thanksgiving Day event. Do you agree with her decision not to invite the unvaccinated?
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