The FDA’s emergency use authorization, a process that has been used many times before, allowed effective and rigorously tested Covid-19 vaccines to be widely administered to millions of Americans during a pandemic that has killed more than 580,000 people in the US. Anyone who may have been hesitant to get the vaccine due to the lack of full FDA approval should rest assured vaccine developers were required to take additional safety measures. And now that the vaccine has been successfully rolled out, states and private companies should think outside the box and help incentivize vaccinations while focusing on expanding access to all Americans.
In fact, getting vaccinated prevents death, makes you a good citizen, and allows you to safely visit your elders, socialize with your vaccinated friends, travel, and remove your mask in numerous settings.
States should also establish mobile clinics to meet people where they are and improve access to vaccines by markedly expanding access points throughout the entire health care system so people can get vaccinated at any pharmacy or clinic — even when they visit the dentist, podiatrist or chiropractor, for example.
And, getting the vaccines officially approved by the FDA will also pave the way for mandated vaccination programs to facilitate school-based and workplace health programs.
The vaccines are powerful. Get vaccinated now and, till then, mask on!