The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has now been approved by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director and the US Food and Drug Administration, clearing the way for distribution across the country.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, gave the official approval for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in the US for people ages 16 and older.
According to the CDC, the first shipments of the vaccine in the US began on Sunday morning, and inoculations could begin as early as Monday.
The statement further added that frontline health care workers and nursing home residents will receive the vaccine first.
Part of the statement by Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, reads;
“Last night, I was proud to sign the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to use Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in people 16 and older. This official CDC recommendation follows Friday’s FDA decision to authorize the emergency use of Pfizer’s vaccine. As COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout the U.S., CDC’s recommendation comes at a critical time.
“Initial COVID-19 vaccination is set to start as early as Monday, and this is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans, reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and help restore some normalcy to our lives and our country.”