Once Covid-19 vaccines receive full approval, it will be easier to mandate Covid-19 vaccination in the US, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said Wednesday.
“If it was approved with the full approval from FDA – which we all anticipate may be coming pretty soon, maybe in the next couple of months – then the legal ability to mandate becomes a lot stronger,” Collins told CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Collins noted that some colleges are already mandating Covid-19 vaccines for children, including the schools his grandchildren will be attending in the fall.
“I'm personally glad to see that,” he said. “It's so straightforward here to try to keep us from having outbreaks on college campuses with vaccines that are safe and effective.”
“What's not to be in favor of?” Collins added.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said it is likely that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine will receive full approval by the end of August.