Bay Area Leaders React: FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Farmworker Francisco Quintana, left, receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a County of Santa Clara mobile vaccination clinic at Monterey Mushrooms, an agricultural employer under the United Farm Workers union contract, amid the coronavirus pandemic in Morgan Hill, Calif., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older on Monday. This is the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA, and is expected to open the door to more vaccine mandates.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in the United States since mid-December for people age 16 and older. In May, the authorization was extended to those 12 and older.

“The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals,” according to the FDA.

Out of more than 170 million people in the United States fully vaccinated against Covid-19, more than 92 million have received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Governor Gavin Newsom and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf shared the news on Twitter, encouraging those who are hesitant to get the vaccine to make an appointment today.



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Dr. Peter Chin Hong joins The Pat Thurston Show to discuss the FDA’s latest approval of Pfizer vaccine. Listen below.

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