If you have been awaiting full FDA approval to get vaccinated, your time has arrived. On August 23, 2021, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for everyone ages 16 and up. Full FDA approval underscores the safety and efficacy of the vaccine against the COVID-19 virus.
Why get vaccinated?
Do it for yourself, your family, and your community. When you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, you protect yourself from a deadly disease. Vaccinate to stop the spread to your friends, your family, your elders, and the people who work hard to keep our communities safe and open.
COVID-19 vaccines protect against new variants like Delta, which are easier to catch and much more dangerous to unvaccinated people than earlier forms of the virus. The vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death from these variants, and are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19 before it can mutate into an even more dangerous form.
Vaccination is even available to young people aged 12 to 15 years old, so families can feel even safer as we venture out more, visit grandma and grandpa, go on summer vacations, and get back to doing the things we love.
Families looking to make vaccination appointments for their 12+ children can visit MyTurn.ca.gov, call the COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 422-4255, or talk to your family’s pediatrician or healthcare provider.
Vaccination is one of the most important steps in ending the pandemic.
Each person who gets vaccinated brings us closer to a post-pandemic world. We can save millions of lives, but only by working together.