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Vials and syringes of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are displayed. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

A booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine offers a significant increase in antibodies, the company announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: People who received a booster shot six to eight months after their first J&J dose saw "a rapid and robust increase in spike-binding antibodies, nine-fold higher than 28 days after the primary single-dose vaccination," J&J said.

  • The data comes from two Phase 2 studies in individuals previously vaccinated with the single-shot vaccine.
  • "We have established that a single shot of our COVID-19 vaccine generates strong and robust immune responses that are durable and persistent through eight months," Mathai Mammen, global head of research and development for Janssen, said in a statement.
  • "With these new data, we also see that a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine further increases antibody responses among study participants who had previously received our vaccine."

The big picture: The announcement comes a week after the federal government announced that beginning the week of Sept. 20, those who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should expect to be offered a booster shot eight months after their second dose.

  • The J&J vaccine was not part of the Biden administration's initial booster plan due to a lack of data, per the New York Times.
  • Johnson & Johnson says it will submit the data to the Food and Drug Administration, and it looks "forward to discussing with public health officials a potential strategy for our Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine."

Go deeper: What to know if you got the J&J vaccine

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Oct 18, 2021 - Health

Over 30 states have limited officials' public health powers

Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP via Getty Images

Republican lawmakers in more than 30 U.S. states have weakened health officials' authority to implement policies to protect the public against the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers in all 50 states have introduced bills to curb state and local officials' public health authority.

Oct 18, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Scoop: Wisconsin-style supper club coming to Minneapolis

Image: Courtesy of Ward Johnson

The former Pepito's restaurant next to Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis will become a Wisconsin-style supper club.

Driving the news: Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger — who own both the restaurant building and the theater at 48th and Chicago — are in the process of renovating the restaurant, which briefly was home to El Burrito Mercado after Pepito’s closed.

  • Their third partner on the project is Wisconsin native Eli Wollenzien, a supper club fan who's also the owner/chef of Red Sauce Rebellion and Coalition in Excelsior. (Coalition also has a spot at 50th and France.)
Oct 18, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minnesota offers cash and chance at $100K scholarship as vaccine incentive for teens

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Data: Minnesota COVID-19 Response; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Minnesota is offering new incentives to shot-wary teens in an effort to boost the state's COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Driving the news: 12 to 17 year olds who get both doses over the next six weeks will receive a $200 Visa gift card, Gov. Tim Walz's administration announced Monday.

  • Kids vaccinated during this period can also enter a lottery for one of five $100,000 scholarships to attend any of the state's public or private colleges or universities.

Why it matters: Public health officials say increasing vaccination rates among young Minnesotans is key to curbing spread of the virus, especially in schools.