Vaccinate Your Family Applauds the Authorization of the First COVID-19 Vaccine, Urges Policymakers to Step Up

On December 11, 2020, less than 12 months from the outset of a global pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Authorization Use to a vaccine that will protect our nation from coronavirus. Soon up to 50 million doses will arrive in every state and territory throughout the U.S., and the most vulnerable among our communities will be first in line to receive the two doses of the vaccine.

Vaccinate Your Family President and Cofounder Rosalynn Carter urged individuals who are recommended for the vaccines in the coming months to “get immunized as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families and their communities.” The Former First Lady expressed her condolences to the millions of families throughout the globe who lost loved ones to this now vaccine-preventable disease. “I hope that this will be the turning point when individuals become acutely aware of the devastating consequences that coronavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases can have. It is essential to ensure that everyone receives timely vaccinations.”

Statement from Amy Pisani, MS, Executive Director:

Vaccinate Your Family applauds the authorization of the first vaccine to fight COVID-19. However, our country’s work to protect each and every person against this deadly disease is far from over. Congress must immediately approve additional funding for the quick, equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines as well as critical resources for community initiatives to increase vaccine confidence. The devastating impact coronavirus has had on this country, and in communities of color in particular, must end. We will only see the end of this pandemic when we all work together to make sure people are able and willing to receive a vaccine.

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