It’s almost Christmas, but if you’re worried about a stranger wandering into your home and spreading COVID-19, fear not because Santa is up to date on all of his vaccines, including the booster. Ho, ho, ho!
Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, assured families that old Saint Nick has received the COVID booster and will not be at risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus this Christmas.
“Santa already has great innate immunity,” Fauci told USA TODAY. “This year he is even more protected because he has been fully vaccinated and boosted. Santa will be just fine and is good to go!”
If anyone knows what is up with Santa’s vaccine status, it’s Fauci. After all, he was the one who gave Kris Kringle his vaccine last year to make sure he was still able to deliver presents around the world in the wake of the global pandemic.
And Santa isn’t the only person in the North Pole who has been vaccinated and boosted. Dr. Greg Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, said he works as a special consultant way up north where the air gets cold and that all of the elves have also received their boosters. That should come as a huge relief, considering that many of Santa’s little helpers are at a high risk of infection due to being several millenniums old.
“This is shaping up to be a very good Christmas on the North Pole,” Poland said, “Santa is going to be everywhere he’s supposed to be. Everything related to toy production is on schedule because the elves are healthy, and the reindeer are safe.”
So when you hear a clatter arise on Christmas Eve, you can feel safe knowing that Santa is COVID-free and ready to deliver toys.