COVID-19 booster shots overtake first doses in the U.S.

Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

More Americans are getting a booster dose of coronavirus vaccine each day than are getting their first shot.

Why it matters: Some individuals will undoubtedly benefit from getting a booster shot, but experts say that the most important goal for the U.S. right now should be convincing vaccine holdouts to get their initial round of shots.

Where it stands: Two-thirds of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, as has about 77% of the eligible population, according to the CDC.

Only 4.6% of the U.S. population has received a booster shot, as most Americans aren’t yet eligible. However, nearly 12% of people 65 and older have received a booster.

What we’re watching: An FDA advisory panel will consider booster shots for some Moderna and J&J recipients beginning tomorrow. If these shots are authorized, that means the number of Americans receiving boosters each day will almost certainly increase.

Although the Delta wave has convinced some people to get vaccinated — as have vaccine mandates — there aren’t that many unvaccinated adults left who are willing to get their shots.

Yes, but: If and when the vaccine is authorized for young children, that will also nudge up the overall vaccination rate in the U.S.

And more vaccine mandates will likely go into effect in the near-term future.

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