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Dr. Fauci Names the "One Thing You Don't Want to Do"

This one mistake could be detrimental.
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Since the start of the pandemic, the entire world has been anxiously and eagerly awaiting the day when a safe and effective vaccine would be available to the general public. Now that two COVID-19 have been approved—Pfizer and Moderna—and first phases of vaccinations are currently happening, there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, there are a lot of people who are hesitant to get the vaccine, despite the fact that the FDA has given it approval. in a new interview with ABC7, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reveals that there is one risk associated with this. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Get Your Vaccine When It's Available

"The one thing you don't want to do, you don't want to have vaccine in the refrigerator or the freezer waiting to be given to someone when there's people who really want to get it, and are there, are out there waiting for it," Dr. Fauci said.

His solution to avoid this? Start vaccinating the people in the next phased group so that as many people can get vaccinated as possible. "If you can't get to the people in the first group — go to the people in the second group and start doing them. I think if we do that, we'll start getting more vaccine into the arms of people," he said.

During an interview with NPR this week, Fauci expressed hope that by springtime, everyone will have the opportunity to start the vaccination process. 

"As the months go by, I would expect by the time we get to April, it will be what we call open season on vaccines," he added. "Everyone will be able to get a vaccine. So I think by the end of the summer, if we get 70% to 85% of the population vaccinated and get a good herd immunity."

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How to Survive This Pandemic

As for yourself, follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.