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Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Every Democratic member of Congress said they have received a coronavirus vaccine, while House Republicans are lagging behind in getting vaccinated, according to CNN.

Why it matters: After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks during certain indoor and outdoor activities on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said face masks would still be required in the House until all members and floor staff are vaccinated.

  • "Are they all vaccinated?" Pelosi asked Thursday when questioned if masks rules in the chamber were going to change after the new CDC guidelines.
By the numbers:

House of Representatives: All 219 House Democrats told CNN they have been inoculated against the virus.

  • Only 95 of 212 House Republicans said they have been vaccinated, while 112 did not respond to CNN's questions.
  • Reps. Tom Massie (R-Ky.) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) said they have not gotten a vaccine since they have antibodies from a previous infection.
  • Reps. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said they did not want to share their private information with CNN.

Senate: 50 Senate Democrats said they have been vaccinated.

  • 46 of 50 Republican senators reported being vaccinated, while Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) did not share their vaccination status.
  • Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said they already had been infected by the virus and therefore do not need a vaccine.
  • The CDC recommends that people who were previously infected with COVID-19 still get the vaccine.

The big picture: Polling has shown that vaccine hesitancy is more common among people who identify as Republican, and vaccine hesitancy in general hampers the country's ability to achieve herd immunity against the virus.

Go deeper

Aug 21, 2021 - World

India approves world's first DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

India's drug regulator on Friday granted emergency approval to the world's first DNA-based coronavirus vaccine.

Driving the news: The three-dose, needle-free vaccine was developed by pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila. The company added that it is also the first vaccine to be approved in the country for teens between the ages of 12 and 18.

Aug 20, 2021 - Health

NYPD: Unvaccinated officers must wear masks or face discipline

Photo: Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images

Unvaccinated officers at the New York Police Department will be required to wear masks on duty or face disciplinary action, the department confirmed Friday.

Why it matters: Public and private entities are increasingly considering reinstating mask mandates amid a surge in Delta cases. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that all city employees, including law enforcement, must get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

Aug 20, 2021 - Health

CDC recommends COVID-19 high-risk groups avoid cruise ships

Royal Caribbean cruise ship is seen on the Hudson River in New York City. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said that travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness from the coronavirus should avoid traveling on cruises.

State of play: The CDC also said that individuals who are not fully vaccinated should avoid taking cruises. Additionally, unvaccinated passengers should self-quarantine for at least seven days after cruise travel, even if they test negative.

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