Gayle King doesn't give out the bird often, but she'll do it this November… if you've gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.
While speaking to Dr. Anthony Fauci on "CBS This Morning," the affable TV host revealed that unvaccinated family members will be persona non grata at her Thanksgiving family gathering this year.
"Dr. Fauci, I don't know many more times you can say to people 'Listen, it will save your life,'" she said. "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."
While most states have lifted COVID-19 restrictions, the pandemic is far from over, as the delta variant becomes the most dominant strain of the virus in the country. Despite the increase in COVID cases, the U.S. vaccination rate has been lagging and the death toll is rising, particularly among the unvaccinated. Although vaccines have become widely available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said less than half the country's population has been fully vaccinated.
In May, Gayle told Stephen Colbert that her vaccination was her "superpower."
"I was so afraid to leave the house," she said, referring to her 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. It is my superpower. I am vaccinated."