Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the lead expert on infectious diseases in the United States, put a nation (and potentially, a world) of worried children to rest when he assured the general public that he had indeed vaccinated Santa ahead of his high-risk travel to homes all over the world.
During a “Sesame Street” Town Hall on CNN, a 6-year-old named Paxton asked Fauci, “Will Santa still be able to visit me … this season? What if he can’t go to anyone’s house or near his reindeer?” Fauci responded, kindly and with a whole bunch of imagination and quick-thinking.
“I took care of that for you… I took a trip up there to the North Pole; I went there and vaccinated Santa Claus myself. I measured his level of immunity, and he is good to go,” he said.
Eagle-eyed watchers of Fauci’s public statements about Santa Claus might be somewhat confused — he had previously, and without evidence, suggested that Santa was immune from COVID — but his assertions that Santa has the vaccine should be welcome news to all who believe Santa is immune or that Santa is much like every other mortal being on this Earth, capable of succumbing to COVID but doing all he can to remain healthy and safe as he engages in the essential activity of bringing gifts to all of the world’s children who celebrate the holiday. And for this, Dr. Fauci is a Christmas hero.
For parents of any kids who have what might feel like too many questions about Santa Claus and COVID-19, check out our guide to Santa Claus, where we help you answer all questions that we never thought we’d need to ask at the beginning of 2020, like, Can Santa die of yhe disease that has shut down the world For 10 months? Etc., etc.