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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.

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Oct 25, 2021 - Health

Moderna says COVID vaccine shows strong immune response in kids

Photo: Martin Galindo/Long Visual Press/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Moderna on Monday released trial results for its coronavirus vaccine for children aged 6 to 11, saying it provides a "robust" immune response after two doses.

Why it matters: Moderna said it will officially submit the results to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization in "the near term," meaning we could soon see two coronavirus vaccines available to protect approximately 28 million more kids in the U.S.

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Oct 25, 2021 - Health

COVID vaccines for kids are getting closer

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Millions of kids under 12 could begin getting COVID-19 shots "within the first week or two of November," NIAID director Anthony Fauci said on ABC News' "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" over the weekend.

Why it matters: This would be a major milestone for getting approximately 28 million more kids protected as they prepare to gather with family during the holidays and spend more time indoors due to cold weather.

Oct 25, 2021 - Health

DeSantis touts bonuses for unvaccinated police who relocate to Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference Friday in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans Sunday to "hopefully sign" legislation to provide a $5,000 bonus to police officers who relocate to Florida in order to avoid COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Why it matters: The governor's pledge during an appearance on Fox News comes amid escalating tensions with the Biden administration over its upcoming vaccine requirement for federal workers.