Now that US Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, Health Minister Kim Wilson says: “This is welcoming news as we continue to provide the COVID-19 vaccine for a safer community.

This is excellent news for those individuals who have delayed getting vaccinated until the FDA fully approved the vaccine,” said the Minister.

Today (Aug 23), the FDA stated that ‘the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product’, a sentiment that we have shared for quite some time. I hope this move will encourage people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.” 

She also noted that the King Edward Memorial Hospital vaccine clinic is open for appointments and walk-ins, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-7pm, and Saturdays from 8am – 4pm.

“Additionally, you can go to the Washington Mall on Saturday, August 28, between 10 am and 2 pm. Medical professionals will be available to answer your questions. You don’t need an appointment. Just show up to talk to someone or to get the vaccine.”

Minister Wilson also said:, “It is important also to note that countries such as Canada are only now opening up their borders to discretionary travel and require COVID-19 vaccines for foreign travellers. The Biden administration recently announced that it is developing a plan to require nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of eventually lifting travel restrictions that bar much of the world from entering the United States.”

Meanwhile, One Bermuda Alliance MP and Shadow Minister of Health, Michael Dunkley issued the following:

“The One Bermuda Alliance is today (Aug 23) pleased to learn that the Federal Drug Agency has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the first full approval.

“This approval, for persons aged 16 and older, signifies a key public health achievement. Emergency approval still applies to those between 12-15.”
The FDA said today upon notification of the approval, “the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated”.
“We hope this proves true in Bermuda as we still have not reached the desired vaccination rates.  Those who have some hesitancy should take comfort in this major announcement as we continue to tackle the impact of the virus on our community.
“This vaccines offers significant protection in the ongoing battle to tackle COVID-19 and the announcement by the FDA today is a clear indicator of the confidence people can have in it.”