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Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday called on all employers to provide workers paid time off to get vaccinated or recover from COVID side effects, and said he'll include a paid tax credit for small businesses that do so.

Why it matters: The Biden administration sees workplaces as highly influential in making shots more convenient for working adults who are in high-risk industries.

  • 43% of working adults are currently vaccinated, compared to more than 80% of seniors, per federal data.
  • Wednesday's announcement comes as the White House expects to meet its goal of 200 million shots in arms by Thursday, within Biden's first 100 days in office.

Details: Businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be reimbursed for any paid time off they provide employees — up to $511 per day per employee. The paid tax credit is funded by the American Rescue Plan.

  • Guidance for small businesses on the tax credit is available on the IRS website.

The big picture: Some large employers already received permission from public health officials to vaccinate their employees at work. Many are also pulling out all the stops to nudge workers in the direction to get vaccinated.

By the numbers: Administration officials cited talks with businesses along with polling showing employees would be persuaded to get vaccinated if their employers provided access to shots.

  • 30% of unvaccinated employees say they are more likely to get shots if their employers offers incentives.
  • 80% say they want employers to give them paid time off for any potential recovery.

What they're saying: "I’m calling on every employer large and small in every state to give employees the time off they need, with pay, to get vaccinated," Biden said in a statement.

  • "No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated," he added

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Apr 21, 2021 - Health

The U.S. is approaching the vaccine hesitancy "tipping point"

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Data: CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. will probably run out of adults who are enthusiastic about getting vaccinated within the next two to four weeks, according to a KFF analysis published yesterday.

Between the lines: Vaccine hesitancy is rapidly approaching as our main impediment to herd immunity.

Apr 21, 2021 - Health

FDA: Plant that ruined millions of J&J doses had multiple failures

The Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore in April 2021. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Baltimore Emergent BioSolutions manufacturing plant that ruined 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine had multiple procedural failures, including unsanitary conditions near sensitive manufacturing areas, the Food and Drug Administration stated in a report Wednesday

Why it matters: The FDA faulted Emergent for failing to thoroughly review the incident, which halted the potential production and shipment tens of millions of Johnson & Johnson doses this month.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado offers COVID-19 vaccines without an appointment

Ambika Nansell receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a mass COVID-19 vaccination event in Denver. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Colorado is now making COVID-19 vaccines available without an appointment, part of the state's race to immunize people amid the increasing spread of the virus' variants.

Driving the news: Three vaccine sites are now accepting walk-in patients and others are taking same-day appointments.

The walk-in locations are:

  • Ball Arena in Denver, 9am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.
  • The Ranch in Loveland, 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
  • Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Why it matters: The new phase in the state's vaccine campaign is possible because there's more supply than immediate demand, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday.

The situation mirrors national trends showing that the U.S. will probably run out of adults who are enthusiastic about getting vaccinated within the next two to four weeks, Axios Vitals writer Caitlin Owens writes.

  • Half of adults in Colorado have received at least one shot, and about one-third are fully vaccinated.
  • Another 10% don't want the vaccine, the governor said, though polls the state paid for show it's likely a much larger share of the population.

By the numbers: Hospitalization and case numbers are at their highest level since late January, officials said.

  • Colorado reported 819 people contracted COVID-19 after being immunized but stressed it's a small portion — only 1 in every 7,000 people who were vaccinated, an analysis showed.

Between the lines: The Polis administration is now focusing its energy on convincing the hesitant to get vaccinated now that it's easier.

  • "This is time to stop procrastinating and show up. … Now we do have enough for everybody," the governor said.

Yes, but: The state shut down two more community vaccination sites, one in Brighton and one in Westminster, after discovering problems related to how the provider Advanced Urgent Care stored the doses, according to the Denver Gazette.

  • State officials are stepping up protocols after missing problems at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness, a clinic in Colorado Springs that offered the vaccine.

Responding to questions, Polis sought to downplay the problems, saying he has "a high degree in confidence in our partners."