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FDA Approves License for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine


Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the license for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVD-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for those 12 through 15 years old and for a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. The licensing approval was made after another thorough evaluation of safety and effectiveness data by a panel of scientific and medical experts. FDA-approved vaccines undergo the agency’s standard process for reviewing the quality, safety and effectiveness of medical products.

We are grateful to the many scientists and researchers who have worked tirelessly to develop and evaluate the vaccines during the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetime. We are also grateful to the FDA for their thoughtful analyses and review processes to ensure that we can have the highest confidence that the vaccine is safe and effective.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the most powerful tool we have to both lower our risk of infection and protect against serious illness and death from COVID-19 if infected. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated – it is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our LA County community and to ultimately end this pandemic. If you still need to get vaccinated, Public Health can help. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com to find a vaccination site near you.


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