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Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The vast majority of Americans who are already vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated say they're likely to get a coronavirus booster shot, according to The Harris Poll.

But, but, but: More than half of respondents also said the need for boosters has impacted their confidence in the vaccine they've already received — further evidence that the Delta variant has delayed our return to normal life.

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Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

What they found: People of color and younger Americans are particularly likely to say that the Biden administration's booster shot recommendation impacted their confidence in the vaccine they already received.

  • Half of vaccinated white respondents said their confidence had been impacted, compared with two-thirds of Black and Asian/Pacific Islander respondents and 60% of Hispanic respondents.
  • 68% of Gen Z respondents said their confidence had been impacted, a contrast with the 42% of Boomers who said the same.
  • A higher share of older generations also said they're likely to get a booster shot compared with younger ones.

Between the lines: Harris didn't ask unvaccinated adults whether the booster recommendation undermined their confidence in the vaccines, but there's been some concern that it could discourage vaccine holdouts from getting their shot.

  • That would be a problem. Experts are divided on how warranted booster shots are for most Americans, but everyone thinks that persuading more people to get the first round of vaccines should be a top priority.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized COVID patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated" — Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Teens and adults missed 37 million vaccinations during COVID — Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO.
  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults — Beijing officials urge COVID-19 "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics.
  5. Variant tracker
Dec 1, 2021 - Health

CDC prepares tougher testing rules for international travelers

Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that it is working to impose stricter testing requirements for international travelers due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The big picture: The new rules would require all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to show a negative test taken a day before their flight to the U.S. Currently, the CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to show a test taken no more than three days before their departure.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Updated Dec 2, 2021 - Health

Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The travel bans and border closures prompted by the Omicron variant likely won't fully prevent its spread, but that won't stop countries from leaning on the measures.

Why it matters: The rapid speed at which countries turned to travel bans with the emergence of Omicron indicates border controls will increasingly become a weapon against infectious disease — whether or not public health experts agree they are effective.