The disturbingly large cadre of sociopathic anti-vaxers keeping coronavirus alive and mutating in the U.S. just lost one of their popular excuses for not getting coronavirus shots. The Food and Drug Administration has promoted the painstakingly developed and successfully tested Pfizer covid-19 vaccine from emergency use authorization to full approval:
FDA scientists evaluated “hundreds of thousands of pages” of vaccine data, according to the U.S. agency.
Pfizer’s vaccine met the agency’s “high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated.”
…Full approval is “more psychological than anything else,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a voting member of the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. “I mean you already have more than 320 million doses administered that are out there. The vaccines already have an enormous safety and efficacy profile.”
In a survey conducted in June, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that three in ten unvaccinated adults “say they would be more likely to get vaccinated if one of the vaccines currently authorized for emergency use were to receive full approval from the FDA.”
According to the Department of Health, 397,220 South Dakotans have gotten at least one coronavirus shot. That means about 254,000 South Dakotans age 12 and over have not gotten the shot. If we can extrapolate KFF’s 3-in-10 finding to our eligible but unvaccinated population, the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine should lead to about 76,000 South Dakotans heading straight for the clinic or Hy-Vee pharmacy or other shooting gallery to get their coronavirus shots this week.
Either that, or, à la Mike Lindell, they’ll have to concoct some new crazy excuse to preserve their selfish irresponsibility.
But why work so hard to avoid simple and easy facts and a tiny inconvenience to save your neighbors’ lives and the economy? The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. It is the result of twenty years of research. It has not killed anyone, unlike the coronavirus that it fights, which has killed over 2,000 South Dakotans and over 628,000 Americans. And now the Pfizer vaccine as full FDA approval. Don’t make excuses; do the right thing: get your shots, neighbors!