Pfizer’s full FDA approval may not be enough to win over vaccine skeptics

A nurse prepares to administer a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mobile inoculation site in the Bronx borough of New York City, U.S., August 18, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado/File Photo.

Pfizer’s COVID vaccine earned full approval from the FDA. However, Felipe Osorno from Keck Medicine of USC says misinformation is still out there.

He recalls a recent town hall meeting in Boyle Heights: “Folks were still wondering whether the vaccine would change their DNA, or whether they were going to get a chip inserted through it. I do hope that the full FDA approval will convince more folks and get us closer to more and more Angelenos getting vaccinated so we can beat this pandemic.”

At the very least, the full FDA approval will make it easier for schools and employers to require vaccines, which Osorno says might be the only remaining way to get vaccines into the most hesitant Angelenos.