By Leila Rocha
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as of Monday, August 23, 2021. The vaccine was granted for ages sixteen and up.
Before, the vaccine was only approved for emergency use, which is why people were able to receive the vaccine. However, people were, and still are, hesitant about getting it. Dr. Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “We’ve heard false claims that the COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility, contains microchips, and causes COVID-19. And worse, we’ve heard false claims that thousands of people have died from the vaccine.” He went on to clarify, “Let me be clear: these claims are simply not true.” There is hope that with this full approval, more people will get vaccinated if they are eligible to do so.
The vaccine is said to be safe, with several million people having gotten it. Dr. Marks stated, “Our scientific and medical experts conducted an incredibly thorough and thoughtful evaluation of this vaccine.”
With the full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, mandates are expected to start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief medical officer shared, “You’re going to see the empowerment of local enterprises, giving mandates that could be colleges, universities, places of business, a whole variety and I strongly support that.” He also said, “The time has come… We’ve got to go the extra step to get people vaccinated.” Dr. Fauci isn’t the only person who has spoken about this. President Joe Biden recently announced, “I’m calling on more companies in the private sector to step up the vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people. If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, state or local leader, who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that, require it.”
Over sixty percent of Americans are vaccinated. And there is hope that the number will continue to grow as the FDA has given their full approval of the Pfizer vaccine.