SACRAMENTO – The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review of the federal process and has confirmed the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and efficacious. The Workgroup provided their confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington Sunday morning.
Washington, Oregon, and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in October, which has worked concurrently and independently to review the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccinations. They will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines after they are routed through FDA authorization. The panel is made up of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health.
California Governor Newsom reported on Sunday morning that the Workgroup recommended the Pfizer vaccine as safe for public use.
"With shipments of the vaccine soon on their way to California, we are working hand-in-hand with local public health officials to get the vaccine out to the first phase of recipients," the Governor said.
"Their work will continue as data becomes available on other potential vaccines," he added.
On another note, the Governor made a plea to citizens to continue doing their part by following local and state guidance, wearing a mask, and staying home.
"Together we will get through this and move forward to a healthy, safer, resilient California for all," said Newsom.