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Reproduced from a COVID States Project report; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Mothers — particularly young ones — are still much more reluctant than fathers to the idea of getting their children vaccinated against the coronavirus, per a new report by the COVID States Project.

The big picture: Vaccine resistance among parents has decreased across most demographic groups since last winter, but there are still wide gaps between parents of different ages and genders.

What they found: Young mothers and mothers with young children are particularly resistant to the idea of vaccinating their kids or having schools mandate vaccines for in-person attendance.

  • Support overall for school vaccine mandates has grown to 61% since the winter, but Americans who are more liberal, educated, higher-income and urban are still more likely to support them.
  • Black Americans have become significantly less reluctant to vaccinate their children over time, and overall resistance levels among Black, white and Hispanic parents are now about the same. Resistance is lowest among Asian Americans.
  • Specifically among Democrats, however, Black Americans are much more likely to say they're extremely unlikely to vaccine their kids.

The intrigue: The report found a gender gap between all racial and ethnic groups.

  • The largest is among white parents. This summer, 10% of white fathers said that they'd be extremely unlikely to vaccinate their children if it was available, compared with 28% of white mothers.

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  2. Health: America's mismatched COVID fears — Some experts see signs of hope as cases fall — WHO: Nearly 1 in 4 Afghan COVID hospitals shut after Taliban takeover — D.C. goes further than area counties with vaccine mandates.
  3. Politics: Bolsonaro isolating after health minister tests positive at UN summit — United Airlines says 97% of U.S. employees fully vaccinated — Mormon Church to mandate masks in temples.
  4. Education: Health care workers and teachers caught up in booster confusion — Asymptomatic Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine — Education Department investigating Texas mask mandate ban.
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Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Judge denies Massachusetts State Police attempt to delay state vaccine mandate

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A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the request of the union representing 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers to delay the governor's state employee vaccine mandate, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: State workers who aren't vaccinated in Massachusetts by Oct. 17 will face disciplinary action, including possible termination.

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

Federal judge upholds Cincinnati health care system's COVID vaccine mandate

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A federal judge ruled Friday that a health care provider serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region can issue mandates requiring its more than 10,000 employees to get vaccinated or risk termination.

Why it matters: It's the latest ruling to uphold U.S. private employers' right to issue vaccine mandates, and comes after President Biden signed an executive order requiring vaccinations or once-a-week testing for companies with more than 100 employees.