Will full FDA approval improve vaccine hesitancy?

"I'd rather get sick or get some kind of issue than risk getting COVID and spreading it to others."

Posted: May 9, 2021 8:07 PM
Updated: May 10, 2021 1:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Local residents reacted to whether or not a full FDA approval on the Pfizer vaccine would help improve vaccine hesitancy.

KEZI spoke to several Eugene residents who have received the vaccine about whether they were concerned no vaccines have been fully approved by the FDA at this time.

"It didn't really concern me to be fair," William Steele said. "I'd rather get sick or get some kind of issue than risk getting COVID and spreading it to others."

However, Steele also said if the FDA does not end up approving the vaccine, he might end up regretting his decision. But as of now, he said he's confident that the scientists know what they're doing and he believes getting vaccinated was the right choice.

KEZI also spoke to Eugene resident Katie Jensen.

"Even if it wasn't FDA approved, the majority of people had said that it was safe and were willing to protect the people around them and I was willing to hop on the train," Jensen said.

Earlier this week, officials at Pfizer announced they're beginning to seek full FDA approval for their COVID-19 vaccine.


Throughout the past week, the United State's vaccination rate fell to about two million doses administered each day. That's around a 20 percent decrease from the previous week.

The White House said they expect to vaccinate around 70% of the population by the 4th of July.

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