FDA Approval Of Pfizer Shots Opens Door To More COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
Following the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose coronavirus vaccine this week, it remains to be seen how many more Americans will get vaccinated.
Some public policy analysts and surveys indicate that FDA approval will lead to more jabs.
Among those who have been “fearful of something that has not received the full imprimatur of the FDA, some percentage of that group will now go ahead and get the vaccine, especially as the Delta variant drives up the case, hospitalization and death numbers among the unvaccinated,” said Mark Peterson, professor of public policy, politics and law at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Among unvaccinated adults, 31 percent surveyed in May said they would be more likely to get a coronavirus vaccine following full FDA approval, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey found. Other studies found similar results, according to Gabriel Sanchez, a political science professor and founder of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.
He cites the American COVID-19 Vaccine Poll from the African American Research Collaborative, which “found that 28 percent of unvaccinated Americans noted that they were concerned that the Biden administration was pushing the vaccines too quickly without proof that they are safe.”
“This was one of the top five sources of hesitancy across the national sample. The news that the FDA has provided full approval to one of the main vaccines will help encourage more Americans to get vaccinated.”
President Joseph R. Biden for many months has been urging Americans to get vaccinated.
After the FDA issued formal approval on Monday of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for people ages 16 years and older, Biden continued his campaign:
“Let me say this loudly and clearly: If you have — if you’re one of the millions of Americans who said that they will not get the shot when it’s — until it has full and final approval of the FDA, it has now happened. The moment you’ve been waiting for is here, and it’s time for you to go get your vaccination and get it today,” the president said on Monday afternoon.
The mRNA vaccine, which will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty, had been approved only under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. It will remain under that authorization for children ages 12 to 15.
Louisiana Universities to Roll Out COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Following FDA Approval
*Louisiana universities will mandate COVID-19 vaccines following Pfizer the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
Gov. John Bel Edwards will also mandate state workers undergo regular COVID-19 testing if they do not get vaccinated, per PEOPLE.
“We need to fully review the approval from the FDA, but plan to implement the mandate on campus,” Louisiana State University spokesperson Ernie Ballard told the AP. Ballard added that details “should be finalized soon.”
Students attending Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana and Southern Universityuniversities will soon be required to receive the vaccine, The Associated Press reports.
“Students who are not in compliance will have a hold on their account and not be able to register for the next semester,” spokesperson Cami Geisman said.
The UL System will require students to provide proof of vaccination or vaccine exemption opt-out paperwork in order to register for all classes. At the main LSU campus in Baton Rouge, unvaccinated students must undergo frequent COVID-19 testing.
“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,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement.
The approval marks a significant shift in the nation’s approach to vaccination. With Pfizer’s new status, organizations like colleges, hospitals and companies can now require the vaccine.
Wait! What? Man Dies After Using Epoxy Adhesive Instead of Condom to Have Sex
*An Indian man has died after he used epoxy adhesive to have sex instead of a condom.
Epoxy adhesive is typically used to bind construction elements together or protect underlying surfaces from dirt and moisture. Instead of a condom, a 25-year-old man used the product before engaging in sex.
An investigator in the case told the Times of India that the man “used the adhesive to avoid pregnancy.” The man, identified as Salman Mirza, died suddenly after using the adhesive on June 22. At the time, he was at a hotel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with his ex-fiancé.
“Several witnesses said that Mirza, along with his former fiancée, both of whom were addicted to drugs, had gone to a hotel in Juhapura. There, they applied an epoxy adhesive on his private parts as they were not carrying any protection,” explained a senior police official.
In addition, the couple mixed the epoxy with “Whitney” and inhaled it concoction for a “kick.” The next day, Mirza’s associate found the man unconscious on the ground near an apartment complex. Police say that Mirza “died due to multiple organ failure.”
“The viscera samples of the deceased have been sent for forensic examination. We are waiting for the report to arrive,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Premsukh Delu.
Descendants of Tuskegee Study Encourage Black Folks to Get COVID Vaccine in 5 Min Documentary
A collective side eye toward the medical establishment among Black Americans is rooted in history, but some are aiming to change minds amid COVID vaccine hesitancy.
Descendants of the Tuskegee Study, a 40-year experiment where hundreds of Black men living with syphilis were denied treatment, are speaking out and encouraging people to get vaccinated in a new documentary.
“Knowing that you were denied treatment and that you were lied to would affect anybody,” said Carmen Head Thornton, whose grandfather was a part of the Tuskegee experiment. She told “NBC Nightly News” it’s important to turn the pain of the past into purpose. That’s why she and other descendants of the experiment participated in “Tuskegee Legacy Stories,” a documentary encouraging Black folk to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Out of 195 million Americans who have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, only 10 percent are African American. But Black people are 2 times more likely to die of the virus than white people.
At just over 5 minutes long, the documentary is part of the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s “It’s Up To You” campaign, which highlights stories from the descendants of the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Their stories set the record straight on what happened, what has changed and what current generations can learn from the experience to build confidence in public health within Black communities, especially as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccines.