LOS ANGELES – Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement in response to the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine:

“This morning, I was incredibly excited to see that after a rigorous and thorough review, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for those age 16 and above. Although millions of people across the country and the County have already received this vaccine and the data has overwhelmingly shown that it is safe and effective, I know that for some who remain hesitant full approval was a key factor. With this step, it is my hope that those who are still unvaccinated see that the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines have been proven yet again. I also encourage businesses, healthcare facilities, schools, and other sectors who had been waiting for full FDA approval to follow the County’s lead and begin implementing vaccine requirements. Only by further increasing vaccinations can we slow the spread of the Delta variant, prevent severe hospitalization and death from this virus, and finally put an end to this pandemic. Today’s full approval is another key milestone in that process.”

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