Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Now that U.S. regulators have given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for individuals 16 and older, those people who have delayed scheduling their vaccine should have increased confidence to act.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, "We have high levels of disease transmission in every county throughout the state. COVID-19 vaccination will help keep our communities safe and our children in school." He adds that for those individuals who have only received one dose of Pfizer of Moderna still have time to get their second dose.

COVID-19 cases have spiked at Auburn University, which makes it more necessary to get vaccinated and stay safe on campus. As of August 24, there have been 16,220 vaccines administered on campus. Schedule your appointment today.

Too few Alabamians realize the gravity of the situation with COVID-19 and have not made the decision to be vaccinated, which would protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the virus. Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are rising rapidly, and vaccines are highly effective.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rigorous scientific standards for safety, efficacy, and manufacturing quality. Alabamians can receive the vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program at select Costco, CVS, Sam's Club, Walgreens, and Walmart locations, among others, across the state. No to mention at most places, it is free and requires no insurance.