Mayo Clinic infectious disease physician applauds FDA’s full approval of Pfizer vaccine

(KSTP)- An infectious disease physician at Mayo Clinic is applauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

Dr. Abinash Virk told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the move should have a "very positive" effect on increasing the number of people willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"I have personally heard from patients saying they want to wait for the full approval before they get the vaccine," Virk said. "So, this is awesome because more and more people, hopefully, will feel comfortable to come out and get the vaccine so they are at least protected."

Virk said the full FDA approval of Pfizer will likely be followed by the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

"Pfizer and Moderna submitted their applications in the middle of June and it takes a while to review the whole data set that’s submitted," Virk said. "And, those full applications were submitted within a week of each other, so I expect there will be a full Moderna vaccine in the near future and Johnson & Johnson not far behind."