Could NFL Stadiums be Full in September 2021? Dr. Fauci Says ‘That’s Possible’

Dr. Anthony Fauci believes we could return to normal relatively soon if we can meet one condition. Yahoo reported the Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is hopeful as coronavirus vaccines become available. He recently said he expects things to return to normal by the end of summer 2021. But that’s only if most people are vaccinated.

“We’re gonna be vaccinating the highest-priority people [from] the end of December through January, February, March,” Fauci said. “By the time you get to the general public, the people who’ll be going to the basketball games, who don’t have any underlying conditions, that’s gonna be starting the end of April, May, June. So it probably will be well into the end of the summer before you can really feel comfortable [with full sports stadiums] – if a lot of people get vaccinated. I don’t think we’re going to be that normal in July. I think it probably would be by the end of the summer.”

When asked about full NFL stadiums at the beginning of next season, Fauci gave sports fans some exciting news. “Oh, that’s possible. I think that’s possible.”

All major sports have had to keep stadiums nearly empty this season as the coronavirus has raged across the country. Stadiums have had to keep crowds at a minimum. Most teams have made up the difference with fake crowd noises and cardboard cutouts in the stands. But that can change by next fall, Fauci said, as long as officials vaccinate 75 to 85 percent of Americans.

He clarified by saying there is no official number of vaccinations that we need to hit. But fewer vaccinations means a longer time until things return to normal.

Fauci: The More People Get the Vaccine the Better We’ll Be

COVID-19 has killed more than 270,000 Americans. It has infected more than 13 million in the country, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States is in the middle of the biggest outbreak of coronavirus since the pandemic began. But there is hope on the horizon. Pharmaceutical companies have created three vaccines that officials hope to start administering soon. Though, it will be months before they can produce enough for the entire population.

Fauci says vaccinations will be crucial in things getting back to normal.

“We could get there by the end of the summer, and as we get into the fall of next year,” Fauci continued. But “if 50% of the people say, ‘You know, I don’t want to get vaccinated,’ then it’s gonna take considerably longer than that.”

A recent Gallup poll found that nearly 60 percent of Americans will get the vaccine. But that number is increasing in comparison to earlier polls.

The Centers for Disease Control said recently that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities should get the vaccines first, the NY Post said. Officials expect to begin distributing the vaccine in mid-to-late December.