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Joint Statement on the FDA’s Approval of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Individuals 18 Years of Age and Older

Date: February 1, 2022
Number: NR22-023

SACRAMENTO - Today, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, and Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, issued a joint statement on The United States Food and Drug Administration's approval of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older.  

"We applaud our Federal partner's decision to grant Moderna full approval for their COVID-19 vaccine for everyone age 18 and over. The science and real-world evidence are clear; vaccines provide the safest protection against infection, hospitalization and death. Seeing the undeniable benefit of boosting during this latest surge fueled by Omicron, we hope this announcement encourages anyone who remains hesitant to take the most critical step for protecting themselves and their families and get vaccinated. It is also crucial for those who have already gotten vaccinated to receive a booster when eligible to significantly increase vaccine effectiveness almost immediately." 

Californians can make vaccine and booster appointments or find a walk-in clinic by visiting or calling (833) 422-4255.​

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