Here are the top headlines for this week around the COVID-19 vaccine

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine


U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren't as protected as those given two-dose brands.

White House says fully vaccinated foreign visitors can start entering US on Nov. 8


Foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to travel to the United States starting on Nov. 8, the White House said Friday.

Lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster endorsed by FDA panel


U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster protection against the virus.

Walgreens mistakenly injects 2 kids with the COVID vaccine instead of flu shot, parents allege


The Prices took their 4- and 5-year-olds to the Walgreens in Evansville, Indiana, on October 4 for their yearly shots, CNN reported. About 90 minutes later the pharmacist called saying they had made a mistake. The entire family had been injected with adult doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

ICYMI: ABC7 hosts group of medical experts answering your questions about children and vaccines


With many parents having questions about the vaccines and children, ABC7's Denise Dador on Wednesday hosted a live conversation with a group of experts to get answers.

TRACKING THE VACCINE: California by the numbers



COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline overall in Southern California, despite fluctuations day-to-day and small signs of leveling off in some counties, as the graphs below show.

For an interactive version of these graphs, click here.

COVID-19 vaccine dose administration jumped slightly at the end of September and beginning of October, possibly due to vaccine mandate deadlines. Since then, there seems to be a drop. Though, keep in mind that the most recent days might not have the most accurate count due to delays in reporting.

For an interactive version of these graphs, click here.
Even as the percentage of people vaccinated slowly creeps upwards, certain groups still lag behind.

The graph below shows the percent of eligible people who are fully vaccinated by race in each of the five counties we cover.

Consistently across counties, Black, Latino and multiracial Southern Californians have the lowest vaccination rates. (See the light blue, dark green and light green bars in the graph.) These groups have seen this gap since vaccines became available.


For an interactive version of these graphs, click here.

As of data last updated October 14, three counties in Southern California are now in the CDC's "substantial" COVID-19 transmission category: Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. This is the second highest level of transmission right below "high."

Alabama and Florida have joined California and Connecticut at the CDC's "substantial" level of community transmission, as of October 14 data. Transmission levels are based on case and positivity rates, and change daily.

Click here to see our maps of the CDC's transmission data by state and county in California.

Note: We collected the data below on October 15. Some data sources lag by about a day.

Los Angeles County
About 7 million people, or roughly 69% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of October 14. About 6.3 million people, or 62% were fully vaccinated.

Orange County
About 2.2 million people, or roughly 69% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of October 14. About 2 million people, or 64% were fully vaccinated.

Riverside County
About 1.4 million people, or roughly 58% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of October 14. About 1.3 million people, or 52% were fully vaccinated.

San Bernardino County
About 1.2 million people, or roughly 55% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of October 14. About 1.1 million people, or 49% were fully vaccinated.

Ventura County
About 583,000 people, or roughly 69% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of October 14. About 535,000 people, or 63% were fully vaccinated.

Nationwide and Statewide
In the United States, according to CDC data, about 218 million people, or roughly 66% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of data reported October 14. About 188 million people, or 57% of the total population were fully vaccinated. That's about 68% of the adult population.

The same data shows about 29 million people, or roughly 73% of the total population in California were at least partially vaccinated. About 24 million people, or 60% of the total population were fully vaccinated. That's about 72% of the adult population.

This puts California at rank number 11 in terms of the percent of people at least partially vaccinated, and at rank number 17 in terms of people fully vaccinated across U.S. States plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Sources: County-by-county data comes from the California Department of Public Health, state-by-state data comes from the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

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