Brigette Rudisel offers a COVID-19 vaccination at Garlington Health Center in Northeast Portland. The center, run by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, was offering COVID-19 vaccinations to qualified individuals Friday. Event organizers were also hoping to reach Portland's homeless population.
About 38 percent of all U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and 55 percent have received at least one dose. But 8 percent skipped their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
A ban has powerful foes, would take years to implement and would face legal challenges from the tobacco industry.
But that return to normalcy depends on finishing the nation’s herculean vaccination campaign.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,816 infections and 504 deaths per day over the past seven days.


  1. The Statue of Liberty is visible behind refrigerator trucks intended for storing corpses that are staged in a lot at the 39th Street pier, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
  2. Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.6 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  3. A guest has her temperature checked before entering SeaWorld as it reopens with new safety measures in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The park had been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  4. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady amended orders on Thursday so that masks, temperature checks and health screenings will no longer be required to enter state court buildings.
  5. Seating for potential jurors in October at the start of the murder trial of defendant Erin Lee Robinson at the George Edgecomb Courthouse, Tampa can be seen. The trial was the first in Hillsborough County since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings.
  6. Sidewalk seating rules in St. Petersburg that were relaxed last year in response to the pandemic to allow businesses to seat more patrons safely are in jeopardy. City officials are trying to codify the changes to make the rules more permanent.
  7. Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.9 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  8. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is raising its minimum wage.
  9. A Moroccan nurse takes care of one of the nine siblings undergoing care Wednesday in an incubator at the maternity ward of the private clinic Ain Borja in Casablanca, Morocco.
  10. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
  11. Florida’s positivity rate was about 8 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  12. Hillsborough County's ordinance protecting employees from work-place retribution if they choose to wear masks while on duty remains in effect and was not changed by Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order eliminating local face-mask requirements. Shown are workers at  Poppo's Taqueria St. Petersburg.
  13. Cots and cribs are arranged at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, as an alternate care site amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a government report to be released today, the U.S. birth rate fell 4 percent in 2020, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years.
  14. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House on May 4, 2021, in Washington, DC.
  15. Ace Englert, 30, who is visiting Dunedin from Denver, Colorado leaves Back in the Day Books Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Dunedin. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an emergency order on Monday immediately ending local COVID-19 restrictions but Back in the Day Books owner Boe Rushing will still enforce the rule.
  16. Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.2 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  17. Governor Ron Desantis speaks in St. Petersburg, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  18. Alan List, former CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center who resigned amid controversy in 2019, has found a new job as chief medical officer of Precision BioSciences in North Carolina.
  19. Lydia Martinez, 10, poses with her mask at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
  20. Workers at a mostly empty COVID-19 vaccination clinic located at Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God in Birmingham, Ala., are shown on Monday.
  21. A scene from the Florida Capitol, where lawmakers strengthened protections for the elderly and disabled during the just-completed legislative session.
  22. In this photo from April 14, a pharmacist fills a syringe from a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Antwerp, Belgium.
  23. At The Ohio State University, a storage box holds doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is said to be close to authorization for use in young people, ages 12 to 15.