On August 23, 2021, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age 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 the third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
It's the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive full authorization from the federal government. Experts hope the approval will encourage more unvaccinated people in the U.S. to get the shot, especially as the country experiences a surge in COVID cases largely driven by the Delta variant.
While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.
Research has indicated that more employees will take the vaccine now that the FDA has approved the vaccine. However, there are still challenges for Employers who want employees and stakeholders to be vaccinated but there are some state legislations in place and pending that prohibit Employers from mandating vaccines in the workplace.
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More employers will likely require their workers to be inoculated against Covid-19 once federal regulators upgrade the vaccines from their current approval as emergency products, according to employment lawyers who counsel companies.
There is a potential for federal employees to be mandated to get vaccines and now that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine, there may be other federal mandates for service members to be mandated to get the vaccine. Employers must check their state and local regulations when it comes to making decisions about employees who refuse to get vaccinated.
Some states are prohibiting Employers from mandating vaccinations in the workplace, leaving some Employers confused.
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