Washington (CNN)There’s a new TikTok star, and his name is Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“Tell all of your TikTok buddies to get vaccinated,” Fauci said this week in a video posted on TikTok by Nia Sioux, the social media and former “Dance Moms” star.
“I will, I’ll tell all my besties,” Sioux replied.
In the latest push from the White House and the US Department of Health and Human Services to boost youth vaccination rates, Fauci — who has become a household name during the Covid-19 pandemic through his role as the nation’s top infectious diseases expert — this week joined a number of TikTok personalities for a series of conversations about the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine.
TikTok — the short-form video app used by many young Americans — soared in popularity during the early days of the pandemic, and influencers on the platform have amassed major audiences.
By chatting with a group of TikTokers — who had between 794,000 and 24.1 million followers — Fauci went directly to young Americans across the country via their phone screens to answer questions and dispel common myths about the vaccine.
“There are multiple myths going on out there, from anything from aliens taking over your body to becoming magnetic to get[ting] a chip injected in you. It’s all nonsense, so please help us debunk that stuff,” Fauci said in a conversation with Mia Finney, who is 22 years old and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California.
For her part, Finney — who has 6.4 million followers on TikTok — said talking to Fauci was “kind of a surreal experience.”
Finney said she wanted to talk to Fauci because she knows a lot of young people who are hesitant to get the vaccine or don’t know if they should get vaccinated because they already had Covid-19.
“If you get Covid, recover and then get vaccinated, your level of protection will be extremely high. The (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) still recommends that even though you’ve been infected that you should get vaccinated for the extra degree of pro
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