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Data: Axios/Ipsos Poll; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Seniors are more enthusiastic about the coronavirus vaccines than younger Americans, but even that high-risk population is still subject to some partisan divides, according to Axios-Ipsos polling over the last several months.

The big picture: In the most recent waves of our Axios-Ipsos survey, 85% of seniors said they had already been vaccinated, or were likely to get vaccinated.

  • Real-world results bear that out: 82% of U.S. seniors have received at least one dose of the vaccine, per the CDC.

Yes, but: Even though a large majority of seniors have embraced the vaccine, partisanship is still the biggest dividing line — mirroring the trends in the population as a whole.

  • 95% of Democrats over the past month said they have gotten vaccinated or are likely to — compared to 84% of independents and 78% of Republicans.
  • 17% of Republican seniors said they have gotten back to their pre-pandemic lives, compared to just 3% of Democrats and 9% of independents.
  • There's no racial divide in seniors' vaccine enthusiasm, at least between white and non-white seniors. Higher-income seniors are more enthusiastic than their lower-income peers, but enthusiasm has increased across all income levels.

Between the lines: The partisan divide has basically flipped since last fall. When Donald Trump was still president, and some critics feared he would rush a vaccine through the approval process, only 42% of Democratic seniors said they were likely to get vaccinated, compared to 53% of Republican seniors.

What's next: 15% of seniors said they're not likely to get a shot — leaving them at serious risk, no matter their politics.

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Aug 5, 2021 - Health

Booster shots for the immunocompromised likely coming soon

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is actively working toward making a recommendation that certain immunocompromised people receive an additional dose of coronavirus vaccine, two sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Two shots of Pfizer and Moderna's mRNA vaccines don't generate strong levels of protection in some immunocompromised people. But data suggests a third shot could significantly boost their response.

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Aug 5, 2021 - Health

Nursing homes' vaccine challenge

Resident Douglass Tozzini gets his mask adjusted by caregiver Joseph Salazar at Gordon Manor assisted-care facility in Redwood City, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

It's becoming more urgent to vaccinate the staff that care for vulnerable nursing home patients. But the industry, which has been plagued with workforce issues, faces a major challenge when it comes to mandating shots, the New York Times reports.

By the numbers: Nursing homes had seen major drops in infections after becoming one of the major hotspots for cases and deaths earlier on in the pandemic. But those numbers have reversed in recent weeks, CDC data shows.

Aug 4, 2021 - Health

Illinois announces mask mandate for schools, vaccinations for state workers

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced Wednesday that the state would institute a mask mandate for preschool through high school students and staff and a vaccine mandate for some state employees.

Why it matters: The move comes as surging COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant in Illinois have led to rising hospitalization, ICU occupancy and ventilator use rates, per the governor's press release.