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A COVID-19 vaccination record card and an "I got my COVID-19 vaccine!" sticker. (Photo by: Don and Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) announced Monday that 80% of its eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: Vermont is the first state in the country to reach that threshold. As a result, Scott said he is removing all COVID-19 restrictions.

The big picture: Vermont has led in vaccinations nationwide, and cases have been declining steadily in the state.

  • As of June 14, Vermont's 14-day change in cases had declined by 34% and hospitalizations were down by 78%, according to the New York Times.
  • 70% of adults in 12 U.S. states have received at least one shot as of June 2, according to CNBC. Overall, 64.4% of U.S. adults nationwide have received at least one dose, according to the CDC.

Yes, but: Vermont's progress on vaccinating the eligible population comes as nationwide vaccination rates continue to wane.

  • While the country was averaging about 1 million vaccines administered per day over the last week, that's still significantly less than the peak average of 3.3 million per day in early April, per CNN.
  • Additionally, less than half of adults living in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming have received one dose of the vaccine, according to CNN.
  • President Biden has set a goal of July 4 for 70% of Americans to have received at least one vaccine dose.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to state that 64.4% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, not all Americans as previously stated.

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United Airlines says 97% of U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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United Airlines said Wednesday that over 97% of its U.S.-based employees are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a company memo obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: United announced in August that it would require its 67,000 U.S.-based employees to get vaccinated by Sept. 27 or face termination. It's one of several airlines that set vaccine requirements even before President Biden issued his own vaccine mandate for employers with over 100 workers.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: It's very difficult to get access to antiviral COVID treatments — Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbersAnother wave of death — FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly antibody treatments.
  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: New York Supreme Court grants stay for indoor mask mandate — Neil Young demands Spotify take down music over vaccine misinformation — Biden admin withdraws temporary vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker

Mormon Church to mandate masks in temples

The San Diego California Temple in La Jolla, California. Photo: RBL/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images via Getty Images

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its members on Wednesday that all patrons and workers will be required to wear face masks at all times while in the temple.

Why it matters: It's the Mormon Church's latest effort to encourage masking and vaccination among its over 16.6 million members around the world.

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