Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN on Sunday more American businesses should require customers to show proof of vaccination.
Jake Tapper asked Collins if he thought more businesses requiring vaccine credentials would be helpful as a public health measure.
“As a public health person who wants to see this pandemic end, yes,” he said. “I think anything we can do to encourage reluctant folks to get vaccinated because they’ll want to be part of these public events, that’s a good thing.”
Seeing employers such as Disney and Walmart ask staff to get vaccines “delighted” Collins. He said President Joe Biden’s decision to require federal employees to get vaccinated or receive regular COVID tests is a step in the right direction.
At least 60 Seattle restaurants and bars are requiring proof of vaccination at the door. Collins said a case could be made for airlines requiring travelers to be vaccinated.