President Biden urges Americans to get vaccinated following full FDA approval
President Joe Biden addressed the nation Monday, urging more Americans to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated now that the Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval for ages 16 and up.
Biden called the approval of Pfizer's vaccine "the gold standard."
"The moment you've been waiting for is here. It's time for you to go get your vaccination, get it today," says Biden.
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Biden also made a plea to private businesses, saying, "If you're a business leader, a nonprofit leader, the state or local labor who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations I call on you now to do that, require it."
The president and CEO of the Long Island Association sent a letter to the business community following the FDA announcement and Biden's address. The letter said in part, "I am urging you to get vaccinated and asking you to encourage your employees to do the same."
Minerva Perez, executive director of OLA of Eastern Long Island, says, "I think it's fantastic, the FDA approval I think is going to be huge for a lot of people."
When it comes to having businesses require the vaccine and getting more people to roll up their sleeves, Reverend Dr. Sedgwick Easley, of Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, says it may not be that easy.
"It's a lot of conversation in regards to trusting government, that has been a lot of the conversation, about trusting government and why they're mandating us to receive that."
Perez says it's not just about hesitancy. She says access and having questions answered are other issues for people not getting vaccinated. Perez says the FDA approval today may convince some people out east who are unvaccinated to get the shot.
According to the FDA, the full approval now allows Pfizer to advertise the vaccine, which will be marketed with the name Comirnaty.