Entertainment TV Gayle King Reveals She Plans to Ban Unvaccinated Family Members from Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Gayle King has previously been vocal about the coronavirus vaccine, encouraging viewers to receive it if they are able to By Katie Campione Katie Campione Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 13, 2021 12:09 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Gayle King is continuing to take COVID-19 seriously. On Monday, King, 66, revealed during an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on CBS This Morning that any of her family members who do not receive the COVID-19 vaccine will not be welcome on their Thanksgiving vacation. "I don't know how many more times you can say to people, 'Listen, it will save your life,' " she told the nation's top infectious diseases expert. She continued, "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." RELATED GALLERY: Celebrities and Politicians Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: See the Photos Dr. Fauci appeared on the morning show to discuss the importance of getting the vaccine and the new risks associated with the highly contagious Delta variant. "We really to get more people vaccinated because that's the solution," he told King. "This virus will, in fact, be protected against, with the vaccine." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. King has previously been vocal about the coronavirus vaccine, encouraging viewers to receive it if they are able to. In May, she spoke on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert about the sense of freedom she feels now that she received her COVID-19 vaccine. Gayle King. Jamie McCarthy/Getty "I was so afraid to leave the house, you're right," she recalled of the past year during 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," said King. "It is my superpower. I am vaccinated. ... I'm taking little baby steps [back into the world]." King later added, "Here's the thing: I'm tired of being scared. Honestly. I've been so afraid, hunkered down here at home. I'm tired of being scared." As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments.PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.