Gayle King continues to take the coronavirus vaccine very seriously... so much so that she's willing to ban unvaccinated family members from her annual thanksgiving holiday as a consequence of not receiving the vaccine.
On Monday, King, sixty-six, said during an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on CBS This Morning that any of her family members who do not receive the COVID-19 vaccine will not be welcome on their Thanksgiving vacation. She's setting her health standards high: "I don't know how many more times you can say to people, 'Listen, it will save your life'."
"I have this problem with some members of my own family, which I'm now going to ban for Thanksgiving vacation. That's how strongly I'm taking what you're saying."
"We really need to get more people vaccinated because that's the solution," Dr. Fauci then told King. "This virus will, in fact, be protected against, with the vaccine."
In May, the TV personality spoke on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert about the sense of freedom she feels now that she's received her vaccine.
"I was so afraid to leave the house, you're right," she recalled of the past year during quarantine. "We were broadcasting from here, so I'd literally go from my bedroom to the TV room to the kitchen to the bedroom to the TV room. For excitement, I'd go stand in the living room and wave at the birds! 'Hi, birds! Hi!' I was so afraid."
"But now, Stephen, I am vaccinated," she said. "It is my superpower. I am vaccinated... I'm taking little baby steps back into the world. Here's the thing: I'm tired of being scared. Honestly. I've been so afraid, hunkered down here at home. I'm tired of being scared,"
Well, people took to Twitter to share their views on her Thanksgiving ban...
"Oh @GayleKing you do realize those are the same family members who will be like, "oh thank god. We didn't wanna go in the first place," one person harshly wrote.
Oh @GayleKing you do realize those are the same family members who will be like, “oh thank god. We didn't wanna go in the first place."
— The Pokey Little Puppy (@Ooooh_A_Sparkly) July 13, 2021
However, some agreed with King's outlook.
"Good for Gayle King really sucks family members who still with all the deaths and with all the long term side effects they still refuse to get vaccinated," one Twitter user pointed out.
Good for Gayle King really sucks family members who still with all the deaths and with all the long term side effects they still refuse to get vaccinated 😢
— Linda Kindopp (@kindopp_linda) July 13, 2021
Do you think the vaccine should be compulsory? Or do you think people have a right to decide whether or not they get it?