Fauci says fully vaccinated families can 'absolutely' enjoy holidays inside without masks

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist NY governor declares state of emergency to prepare for omicron US to restrict travel from eight African nations over new COVID-19 concerns MORE on Sunday said that fully vaccinated family members can “absolutely” enjoy holidays inside together without wearing masks.

Asked by co-host Dana BashDana BashDemocrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate O'Rourke won't say if he wants Biden to campaign for him in Texas senate race Fauci says fully vaccinated families can 'absolutely' enjoy holidays inside without masks MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if it is safe for fully vaccinated families to gather inside for the holidays without masks, Fauci responded “absolutely” while recommending that all families get vaccinated.

“That's what I'm going to do with my family. And that's what I think people should do,” Fauci said.

“See, that's the whole point we keep getting back to, that is the safety net, is vaccination. Take away the anxiety, take away all the concern about what you should do and not. Get vaccinated and you could enjoy the holidays very easily,” he added.

Fauci, who serves as President BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE’s chief medical adviser, pleaded with unvaccinated individuals to get their shots, contending that being tested before the holidays is not a substitute for being immunized.

“And if you're not [vaccinated], please be careful. You know, get tested if you need to get tested when you're getting together. But that's not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Get yourself vaccinated, and you can continue to enjoy interactions with your family and others,” he added.

Fauci’s comments come days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said all Americans above the age of 18 could get COVID-19 booster shots and recommended inoculations for those above 50.

--Updated at 12:29 p.m.