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The Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, raising hopes that people who have hesitated to get the shot may reconsider. The approval followed a summer surge in cases spurred by the delta variant, which is so virulent it caused mild breakthrough cases in some vaccinated people.
The federal government doesn’t require the general public to get vaccinated. But the FDA’s decision has prompted it to require vaccinations for some activities, such as entering facilities like nursing homes and other federal medical facilities. Cities, states and businesses have also instituted vaccine requirements — or plan to soon. For example, New York City and San Francisco are among the municipalities that have instituted vaccine rules for indoor activities.