The Pentagon announced Monday that all U.S. military personnel will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus now that the Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine.
Spokesman John Kirby said the Defense Department “will issue updated guidelines requiring all members of the service to be vaccinated” and will issue a deadline for inoculations in the coming days.
“The health of a force is as always – military or civilian employees, families and communities – a top priority. It is therefore important to remind everyone that these efforts ensure the safety of our military and promote the readiness of our force, not to mention the health and safety of communities in the country in which we live, ”said Kirby. during an operations briefing. in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said earlier this month that the military should be vaccinated in mid-September, but noted that if any of the vaccines were approved by the FDA or if coronavirus cases increased, this schedule would be accelerated.
“I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately after” clearance from the Food and Drug Administration, “whichever comes first,” Austin said in a note to President Biden.
The FDA approved the two-shot Pfizer vaccine on Monday.
The company obtained emergency use authorization for the vaccine in December.
Acting FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said the approval means Americans can have “confidence” in the vaccine.
“Although this vaccine and others have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccine, the public can be sure that this vaccine meets the FDA’s gold standard for safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality that we demand for an approved product, ”she said.
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have also applied to the FDA for full approval of their vaccines.
With post wires