Liesl Eibschutz, a medical student from Dartmouth University, loads a syringe with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine before giving it to people on the first day that people ages 16 and up can receive the vaccine at Kedren Health on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Award-winning television producer, Marti Noxon, whos a big fan of Kedren Vaccines, sent an In-N-Out truck to feed 200+ volunteers who help make this vaccine program such a huge success and she did so on the day that vaccines are being made available to all people 16+ in Los Angeles.
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The FDA has officially granted full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The move was announced Monday morning after a three-month review of the company’s application.

The vaccine will now be marketed as ‘Comirnaty’, and is approved for all people 16 and older.  It will remain under emergency authorization for children ages 12-15. So what does full approval mean? 

Possibly more vaccine mandates from employers and universities, who were waiting for full approval to require vaccinations.  It could also mean more people getting the shot – a recent poll found that 30 percent of unvaccinated people would be more willing to take a vaccine that had full FDA approval.

Why did it the approval process take so long?  Do you think it will have a big impact on vaccination rates?