Florida bans ‘vaccine passports’; California to allow indoor gatherings starting April 15; CDC travel guidance: Live COVID-19 updates

Elinor Aspegren and Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

The U.S. has vaccinated more than 30% of its population against COVID-19, with more than 101.8 million Americans receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine tracker. More than 17% of the total population has been fully vaccinated, as have more than 53% of those 65 and older.

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson has begun vaccinating participants between 12 and 17 years old in its ongoing clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine, according to a company statement Friday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on adolescents, not just with the complications of the disease, but with their education mental health, and wellbeing,” said Dr. Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson. “It is vital that we develop vaccines for everyone, everywhere, to help combat the spread of the virus with the goal to return to everyday life.”

The news follows the release of a Pfizer study that found its COVID-19 vaccine with German partner BioNTech was proven safe and effective for kids ages 12 to 15. The company also announced beginning trials in children under 12 years old.

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