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By Tim Leeds 

U.S. fully approves Pfizer vaccine for 16 and older

Emergency use authorization for vaccines still in place


Last updated 8/23/2021 at 11:53am

While COVID-19 numbers rise locally, state and nationwide in a delta variant-driven surge, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 and older.

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization, including for people 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.

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