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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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Updated Sep 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

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  1. Vaccines: Key FDA committee takes on the big booster question — Los Angeles County to require vaccination proof at indoor bars — France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay.
  2. Health: Worsening crisis at Rikers Island jail spurs call for action — 1 in 500 Americans has died — Cases are falling, but deaths are rising.
  3. Politics: White House invites call with Nicki Minaj to discuss vaccine — Gottlieb says CDC hampered U.S. response — 26 states have limited state or local officials' public health powers.
  4. Education: Denver looks to students to close Latino vaccination gap — Federal judge temporarily blocks Iowa's ban on mask mandates in schools — Massachusetts activates National Guard to help with school transportation.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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Sep 17, 2021 - Health

Key FDA committee takes on the big booster question

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A key FDA advisory committee is meeting today to discuss Pfizer's proposal for a COVID vaccine booster — but it will set the stage for the entire booster debate.

The big question: Not only whether experts believe there’s enough evidence to support boosters, but also whether they believe additional shots should be made available for everyone or limited to older Americans and the immunocompromised.

23 hours ago - Health

Most Kentucky school boards vote in favor of mask mandates

Photo: Paul Bersebach, MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

A majority of school boards in Kentucky voted in favor of mask mandates, according to the Kentucky School Board Association.

Why it matters: A week ago, Kentucky's Republican-dominated legislature voted to revoke a statewide mask mandate in public schools that was meant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The decision on masks would instead be left up to individual districts.