Fact Check- Pfizer CEO received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 2021

Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 10, 2021. Still, in August 2021, users on social media have referred to an outdated article that states he had to cancel a trip for not being fully vaccinated as if it were new.

Examples can be seen on Twitter ( here , here ) and Instagram ( here , here ).

“BREAKING REPORT: Pfizer ceo’s israel visit canceled because he’s NOT FULLY vaccinated.. Are you paying attention? ” reads a tweet ( here ) from Aug. 5 that has been retweeted over 2,700 times.

Other posts include the link to the article, but do not acknowledge that it is months old. “That says a lot that the CEO of a vaccine manufacturer is not Vaxxed!” and “Brings to mind the saying, “Never trust a chef who won’t eat his own food.”, comments read.

Some posts include an article by the Jerusalem Post here, titled “Pfizer CEO's Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated”, which was published on March 7, 2021. The Times of Israel also reported the story ( here ).

On March 10, Bourla shared a photograph getting his second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Twitter ( here ).

The tweet reads, in part, “Excited to receive my 2nd dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech #COVID19 vaccine. There’s nothing I want more than for my loved ones and people around the world to have the same opportunity.”

In a December 2020 interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box" ( here ), Bourla, 59, stated that he didn’t want to be an example of “cutting the line” for getting vaccinated.


False. The CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, was fully vaccinated in March 2021.

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