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Analysis | The administration hoped its new mask guidance would stoke vaccinations. It doesn’t seem to have worked.

You’ll notice that the divide between red states and blue states appeared to emerge at about the point that the Food and Drug Administration announced a temporary pause in the distribution of shots from Johnson & Johnson. That was also the point at which states were beginning to reach saturation on the oldest vaccine recipients, so it’s likely that the shift had multiple causes. But notice, too, that the lifting of the mask mandate (which wasn’t really a mandate, as such, but for the sake of brevity …) doesn’t appear to have shifted vaccinations back up very much, if at all.

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