Pfizer’s FDA Approval and Mask Mandates

As of Monday, August 23rd, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

· Full approval for ages 16+. Emergency use authorization (EUA) continues for Pfizer use among ages 12 – 15. Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines continue with EUA for ages 18+.

· Pfizer continues to meet high standards for vaccine safety, efficacy, and manufacturing required by the FDA

· There are several locations throughout Hood River County offering the Pfizer vaccine. For a full list of drop-in vaccine opportunities, visit

Recent wastewater test results confirm presence of the Delta variant in Hood River County as of July 2021. Given the highly transmissible and contagious nature of variants, it is critical that in addition to getting vaccinated we continue to wear masks and stay cautious. Per Governor Brown’s mandate, masks are currently required in all indoor settings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Friday, August 27th, masks will also be required in outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. This mandate applies to all individuals in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Please continue to do your part to protect our community.