FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine for Individuals 16 and Older

On August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the Pfizer-BioNTech (now known as Comirnaty) vaccine has received full FDA approval for the prevention of COVID-19 in people 16 and older by meeting the FDA’s standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality.

For individuals 12-15 years old, the Pfizer vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA). The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are also available for individuals 18 or older under EUA.

According to the CDC, the Pfizer vaccine is roughly 95% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections and requires two shots, 21 days apart1.

Find a Vaccination Clinic Near You

To find vaccination clinics near you, visit the Vaccinate Virginia website or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA / 1-877-829-4682 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.


1 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html