Children should be able to safely go trick-or-treating this Halloween since it’s outdoors, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
“You can get out there – you’re outdoors for the most part, at least when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating – and enjoy it,” the White House chief medical adviser said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I mean, this is a time that children love. It’s a very important part of the year for children. I know my children enjoy it,” Fauci said.
He added that the activity is particularly safe for those children age 12 and older who are eligible for the vaccine and received it.
“If you’re not vaccinated, again, think about that you’ll add [with immunization]: an extra degree of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community. So it’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated,” he said.
“But go out there and enjoy Halloween as well as the other holidays that will be coming up,” he said.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has also endorsed the holiday tradition.
“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups,” Walensky said last month on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Last year, Walensky’s agency and Fauci advised kids not to go door-to-door for the holiday.