Park County, Colo. – Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older, marking another important milestone in the pandemic. The Moderna vaccine joins the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which received full approval by the FDA in late August.
“We now have much more data on the effectiveness as well as the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s met all the rigorous criteria that the FDA has in place. The FDA can say in a definitive manner that it works, that it is safe, and that you are much safer getting the vaccine than getting COVID-19,” said Dr. Kathryn Fitting, Medical Advisor for Park County Public Health.
While the FDA approval of the vaccine pertains to individuals 16 and older, it also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
Please visit Park County's COVID19 website for details, nearby clinics, and additional COVID-19 resources. There are more than 1,900 COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state, as well as mobile vaccine buses, to ensure all Coloradans have convenient access to the vaccine.