An avalanche of new vaccination mandates was triggered among US government entities immediately after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full federal approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech jab on Monday, The Hill reports.
The hope is that the FDA’s approval would increase vaccination rates between the hesitant Americans when more than 25% of American adults still have not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 jab, but might also have implications for state bans on vaccine mandates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data shows that more than 204 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have already been administered in the US under the emergency use authorization.
The New York City was among the first to require all public school teachers and staff to get the shot though the American Federation of Teachers plans to negotiate vaccine mandates with employers, but was followed by the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate for military service members that was already on standby, though Biden administration expect the private sector will follow suit now.
Several corporations like Microsoft, Netflix and Walt Disney announced vaccine mandates late last month after the Biden administration mandated vaccinations for federal employees and next to follow suit are the companies that have been waiting for full FDA approval hoping that would convince their employees to get the jab.
Even companies that could already legally enforce vaccine mandates were waiting for FDA’s move afraid of losing the employees that were not willing to get vaccinated or were hesitant thus far although some experts believe that it might convince just 5 percent of unvaccinated to get shots.