Worried children can rest easy after the nation’s leading infectious disease expert assured them on Saturday that Santa Claus has gotten a Covid-19 vaccine.
The world’s most famed gift-giver will be safe to travel on Christmas Eve, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci was answering questions from children during a "Sesame Street" town hall with CNN when the concern arose.
“Will Santa still be able to visit me in coronavirus this season?” 6-year-old Paxton from Illinois asked. “What if he can’t go to anyone’s house or near his reindeer?”
Fauci assured good children that he wouldn’t let them be disappointed after making the nice list in a very tough year. The coronavirus expert anticipated Santa’s essential worker status and took matters into his own hands.
“I took a trip up there to the North Pole,” Fauci said. “I went there and I vaccinated Santa Claus myself. I measured his level of immunity, and he is good to go. ... Santa Claus is good to go.”
Fauci didn’t clarify which inoculation he gave jolly old St. Nick: Pfizer's already rolled-out vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, which the Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized for emergency use. But either way, Fauci will have to head back to the North Pole to give Santa his booster shot in a few weeks to ensure it's fully effective.
It seems 2020 will have some good news: Santa Claus is coming to town — masked and vaccinated.