Fauci recently told mainstream media outlet USA Today that he would "lean strongly toward" mandating vaccines for teachers as schools in America reopen. (Related: More companies forcing employees to take experimental COVID-19 vaccines now linked to over 12,000 deaths in the USA.)
He tried to argue that because teachers are responsible for the development of children, they have an obligation to protect their safety and health.
"Therefore, I absolutely lean strongly toward when people are in those positions, if they don't want to get vaccinated, I would mandate that they get vaccinated," said Fauci.
The White House claims that, even without vaccine mandates, almost 90 percent of people working in education are already vaccinated.
Fauci supports similar vaccine mandates for the entirety of the private sector, claiming that these are necessary due to the emergence of the post-vaccine delta variant.
"I would encourage private enterprises to seriously consider the idea of mandating vaccination in the enterprise for which they are responsible, whether that's a university or a place of business," he said during an interview.
Fauci made this comment after the White House made it clear that it will not mandate vaccinations except for its own federal workforce. But the administration of President Joe Biden is attempting to coerce state and local governments as well as the private sector to mandate vaccinations.
"Mandates at the local level need to be done," said Fauci. He claimed without evidence that these kinds of mandates are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He also came out in support of vaccine passports after New York City announced diners and theater patrons will soon have to prove they are fully vaccinated using vaccine passports.
"We need to do whatever we can," he said, arguing in favor of proof of vaccination certificates. He recognized that people may be opposed to mandates due to concerns about their liberty, but he ignored all these concerns by claiming the mandates are necessary to deal with the supposed public health crisis.
"Sometimes you've got to look out for the good of the community as well as your own personal libertarian views," he said.
Fauci believes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going to grant the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. full authorization within the next few weeks.
Currently, the FDA has only granted emergency-use approval for the vaccines created by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
"I hope – I don't predict – I hope that it will be within the next few weeks. I hope it's within the month of August," said Fauci of the FDA's expected full approval of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Fauci said once this happens, many groups within the private sector will be emboldened to mandate vaccinations for their employees and proof of vaccination for their patrons. He added that the vaccine mandates are the necessary "extra step" that businesses need to take to get people vaccinated.
Even without the FDA's full authorization, many major corporations in the U.S. are already mandating vaccines for their employees.
Disney and Walmart have announced vaccine mandates for their white-collar workers. Microsoft, Google and Facebook said employees and visitors need to present proof of vaccination to enter their U.S. offices. Tyson Foods recently demanded that all of its U.S. employees be vaccinated by November.
The latest corporation to announce a vaccine mandate is United Airlines – the first major U.S. airline to mandate vaccines. The company said its employees need to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 25 or five weeks after the FDA grants its approval for the vaccines, whichever date comes first.
All these corporations have a total workforce of nearly 2.5 million people. Walmart alone employs around 1.6 million people in the U.S.
Without significant opposition, the number of major companies in the U.S. mandating vaccinations will only increase in the coming months.
Learn more about the push to mandate vaccines at Vaccines.news.