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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

More Americans are getting a booster dose of coronavirus vaccine each day than are getting their first shot.

Why it matters: Some individuals will undoubtedly benefit from getting a booster shot, but experts say that the most important goal for the U.S. right now should be convincing vaccine holdouts to get their initial round of shots.

Where it stands: Two-thirds of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, as has about 77% of the eligible population, according to the CDC.

  • Only 4.6% of the U.S. population has received a booster shot, as most Americans aren't yet eligible. However, nearly 12% of people 65 and older have received a booster.

What we're watching: An FDA advisory panel will consider booster shots for some Moderna and J&J recipients beginning tomorrow. If these shots are authorized, that means the number of Americans receiving boosters each day will almost certainly increase.

  • Although the Delta wave has convinced some people to get vaccinated — as have vaccine mandates — there aren't that many unvaccinated adults left who are willing to get their shots.

Yes, but: If and when the vaccine is authorized for young children, that will also nudge up the overall vaccination rate in the U.S.

  • And more vaccine mandates will likely go into effect in the near-term future.

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Oct 26, 2021 - Health

FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-to-11-year-olds

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel Tuesday endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5–11. The final vote was 17 members in favor, with one member abstaining.

Why it matters: While not binding, the decision is a long-awaited step toward getting COVID vaccines in the arms of some of the youngest Americans potentially in time to get many fully vaccinated in advance of the holiday season.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot — FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-11 year olds — Moderna says vaccine shows strong immune response in kids
  2. Health: 96% of Tyson Foods employees vaccinated ahead of mandate deadline — U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers — Those who miss work without pay due to COVID also had food insecurity
  3. Politics: Louisiana lifts mask mandate except for some schools — Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate — Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles
  4. Education: Benefits of vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
20 hours ago - Health

Louisiana lifts mask mandate except for some schools

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Photor: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Louisiana's statewide mask mandate is lifting for all settings except for some schools starting on Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) announced.

The big picture: The requirement has been in place since early August as the Delta variant surged across the state. Edwards tweeted Tuesday there had been a "sustained improvement across the state in new cases, test positivity & hospitalizations."