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Data: Axios/Ipsos Poll; Note: 3.2% margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

57% of U.S. adults believe proof of COVID-19 vaccination should be required to attend a sporting event, per the latest Axios-Ipsos survey. Coincidentally, 58% of American adults have received at least one shot, which President Biden hopes to increase to 70% by July 4.

What they're saying: The fully vaccinated NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN he "would not hesitate to go to an outdoor baseball game. My risk would be extremely low, particularly if I wear a mask."

The state of play: Vaccinated-only fan sections have begun popping up, allowing for a safer way to increase capacity at sporting events.

  • Teams with such a section include three of MLB's California teams (Dodgers, Giants, Padres), as well as the NBA's Heat. Starting May 19, the Yankees and Mets will join them.

Looking ahead: While most events currently require just a negative test, some are planning to enact stricter policies later in the year.

  • "Our goal is to have a 100% full house for the Bills and the Sabres starting in the fall," Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said last month.
  • "Our plan is that unless you are vaccinated you will not have entry to the stadium. It is easy. It is safe."

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Aug 18, 2021 - Health

The ethics of vaccine booster shots

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The Biden administration is expected to soon recommend booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone, but that decision fails fundamental ethics tests, according to interviews with physicians and medical ethicists.

Why it matters: There is still a global shortage of vaccines. Even amid concerns of the spreading Delta variant, experts say it's difficult to justify a third dose for relatively healthy people in the U.S. when many others haven't gotten their first.

Updated Aug 19, 2021 - Health

Multiple senators test positive with breakthrough COVID-19 infections

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) have tested positive for breakthrough cases of COVID-19, their offices said Thursday.

The big picture: At least four vaccinated senators have tested positive in August, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who announced his breakthrough positive test result earlier this month.

Aug 20, 2021 - Health

Philadelphia archdiocese rejects religious exemptions to COVID vaccine mandates

Vials of vaccines. Photo: Tunahan Turhan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia became the latest district of the Catholic Church to reject religious exemptions to COVID vaccine mandates, the Washington Post reports on Thursday.

Why it matters: It's another sign of the fracture within the church when it comes to vaccination. Though the Vatican says getting the vaccine is "morally acceptable," some bishops have argued that vaccination is not a moral obligation and must be voluntary.