In 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser went door-to-door during the pandemic to encourage vaccine-hesitant individuals to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Footage of these house calls was captured for a new PBS documentary about Fauci and a recently released clip shows the political figures getting rejected by residents who are skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Fauci and Bowser visited southeast D.C., a historically Black community with low vaccination rates. In the clip, Fauci is met with individuals who remain steadfast in their decision to not get vaccinated, despite the then-Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States imploring them to do so.

One woman appears on her front porch with her children. She says she is not yet vaccinated, and Mayor Bowser quickly tells her she should be vaccinated to protect the children from Covid.

“We gotta get you vaccinated… if you were to get infected, you could pass it on to them,” Fauci said.

He then lied to the woman, telling her that she would be “protecting” her family by getting vaccinated because it would keep her from spreading the virus.

However, as we know now, the vaccine does not prevent infection or the spreading of the virus.

Another woman at the same home pushed back on Fauci’s claims, saying, “I heart [the vaccine] doesn’t cure it, and it doesn’t stop you from getting it.”

Fauci replied with more misleading and false statements, saying, “On the very very very rare chance that you do get [Covid], even if you’re vaccinated, it’s a very – you don’t even feel sick.”

Another man that Fauci encountered on his pro-vaccine tour expressed skepticism about the vaccine, saying, “The people in America are not settled with the information that’s been given. to us right now. So I’m not going to be lining up taking a shot or a vaccination for something that wasn’t clear in the first place.”

“And then you all create a shot in miraculous time,” he continued, questioning the timeline of the vaccine’s creation. “It takes years to create vaccinations.”

“Nine months is definitely not enough for nobody to be taking no vaccination that you all came up with,” he added.

Bowser jumped in, saying, “The only reason I’m talking to you right now, as close as we are, is that I’ve been vaccinated. If thousands of people like you don’t get vaccinated, you’re going to let this virus continue to percolate in this country and in this world.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D)

“Something like the common flu then, right?” the man said.

“When you start talking about paying people to get vaccinated, when you start talking about incentivizing things to get people vaccinated, it’s something else going on with that,” he added.

After shaming the man for not protecting those around him and getting vaccinated, he said, “Y’all’s campaign is about fear. It’s about inciting fear in people. Y’all attack people with fear.”

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