News broke Monday morning that the federal government has given full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and there’s anticipation that this will provide employers — including restaurant owners — the legal standing to make the jabs mandatory for employment.

Offering safer environments is a way to protect workers and customers, enticing diners to bring their business to restaurants and bars that mandate the vaccine. While breakthrough cases do exist, health experts have stressed that the unvaccinated are the ones most responsible for the spread of delta. Vaccines also reduce the severity of the disease.

All three vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — were given emergency approval from the Food and Drug Aministration. Now, Pfizer is the first to earn full approval and that opens the door for bosses to tell their employees to get the shots (with exemptions for those with medical issues or religious objections).


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