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Data: Google Trends; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine appeared to drive an uptick in intent about getting vaccinated, though it wasn't as impactful as the COVID-19 surge or vaccine mandates, Google Trends data suggests.

Why it matters: The FDA approval is one of the last levers the Biden administration has been hoping would prod the vaccine-hesitant.

By the numbers: U.S. searches for "how to get covid vaccine" rose 13% in the week the FDA approved the Pfizer jab, compared to the week before, according to Google Trends.

  • The searches increased 76% on Aug. 23, the day the FDA announced the decision, and peaked two days later before trending back down.

Yes, but: Google searches for getting the vaccine don't mean those users actually went to get the shot.

  • CDC data shows that the 7-day average for doses administered increased 5% that week.

The big picture: The spike was still less pronounced than the first week in August, when cases were surging and the U.S. hit a turning point with governments and employers embracing vaccine mandates.

Between the lines: The low point of Google searches to get the vaccine in late June coincided with the low watermark for new reported COVID cases in the U.S.

What's to watch: Full approval for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could trigger future spikes, but the impact is not likely to exceed the interest that followed Pfizer's green light.

Go deeper

Senate passes resolution to overturn Biden vaccine mandate

President Biden speaks at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, on Dec. 2. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to overturn President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 or more employees.

Driving the news: Democratic Sens. John Tester (Mont.) and Joe Manchin (W. Va.) backed the Republican-led resolution, which needed a simple majority of 51 votes to be approved by the Senate under the Congressional Review Act.

John Frank, author of Denver
Dec 8, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado reports Omicron spread and redoubles push for booster shots

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Data: CDC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Omicron's arrival in Colorado and the approaching holidays are leading public health experts to redouble efforts to promote the COVID-19 vaccine.

Driving the news: The focus comes as the state confirmed for the first time Tuesday that it found low-level community spread of the Omicron variant in Boulder County based on wastewater surveillance.

Dec 8, 2021 - Health

Fauci: It's "when, not if" definition of "fully vaccinated" changes

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN Wednesday that in his personal opinion, "it's going to be a matter of when, not if," the definition of "fully vaccinated" changes.

What he's saying: Fauci said he doesn't see the definition "changing tomorrow or next week," but he believes it's "going to be considered literally on a daily basis."