Local healthcare leaders react to FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, hope it means more people in CT will get vaccinated


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Hartford HealthCare is saying FDA’s decision on Monday to approve the Pfizer vaccine will lead to more people in Connecticut getting vaccinated.

Roughly six out of every ten people in Connecticut is vaccinated, and the experts want to see that number increase. The FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine comes nine months after it received emergency use approval.

RELATED: U.S. regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

On Monday, Dr. Ajay Kumar, the Chief Clinical Officer of Hartford HealthCare, explained the significance of the announcement and how it could impact our state. He also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated.

“What it means to all of us right now is that individuals who are still on the fence can get a fresh reassurance that as they go forward to convince members who might not be ready for vaccination at this time. We are largely managing unvaccinated people in our critical care at this time. As of this morning, we have 117 patients who are COVID positive. If I go back to July, we have about 10 or 12,” Dr. Kumar said.

Pfizer is the first vaccine to get full approval. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still waiting to hear from federal regulators.

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