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Olivia Rodrigo. Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo will visit the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Biden and Anthony Fauci and to record videos to encourage young people to get vaccinated, the White House announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Vaccination rates for young Americans are lagging behind those of older adults. Young people's reluctance to get inoculated "is impeding efforts to develop the communitywide immunity sought to move past the pandemic and fend off Delta and other variants," the Wall Street Journal writes.

By the numbers: Only 41.6% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • 24.9% of people ages 12 to 15 and 37.1% of people 16 to 17 are fully vaccinated.
  • By comparison, 56% of all adults 40 years and older are fully vaccinated.

What to watch: The videos will be released on Rodrigo and the White House's social media pages.

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Oct 20, 2021 - Health

FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

Oct 20, 2021 - Health

In-N-Out refuses to follow San Francisco's vaccine mandate

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The California burger chain In-N-Out is refusing to follow San Francisco's vaccination mandate, which requires restaurants to check for customers' proof of vaccination to dine indoors, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: The San Francisco Public Health Department has had to remind employees multiple times to check for proof of vaccination since September, ultimately resulting in the city's only In-N-Out location getting shut down on Oct. 14. It is the only time the agency has ordered a restaurant's closure over a mandate violation, officials told the Post.

Nashville's COVID breakthrough rate remains low

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Unvaccinated people continue to account for the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths in Nashville, according to new data shared by the chair of the city's pandemic response task force.

  • There have been 27 breakthrough deaths out of a total of 1,109, task force chair Dr. Alex Jahangir tells Axios. Those numbers go back to the start of the pandemic, including well before the vaccines were widely available early this year.
  • The breakthrough mortality rate in Davidson County is 0.3% (27 out of 7,652 known cases), compared to 0.8% for unvaccinated deaths (1,082 out of 131,447 known cases).