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Data: KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The majority of parents disagree with schools' mandating COVID vaccines for kids 12 and older, but they do support mask mandates among the unvaccinated, according to a KFF Vaccine Monitor poll released Wednesday.

By the numbers: 63% of parents said they thought students 12 and older and staff who hadn't gotten a shot should be required to wear masks in school compared to 36% who opposed the idea.

  • But only 42% of parents felt comfortable with vaccine mandates, while 58% were against them.

Zoom out: More than 40% of parents of kids ages 12–17 said their kids had been vaccinated, up from 34% in June. Another 6% of those parents said they planned for their teen to get the vaccine right away.

  • Nearly a quarter (23%) said they want to "wait and see" how the vaccine works for others before getting their eligible child vaccinated.
  • Nearly one in 10 said they would get their child a shot "only if their school requires it" and one in five parents said their child will "definitely not" get vaccinated.

And here's a look at the concerns parents of teens are having:

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Data: KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

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Oct 26, 2021 - Health

Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Photo: Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed an executive order directing state agencies to not enforce federal coronavirus vaccine mandates, and instead cooperate with the state's attorney general to sue the Biden administration over the requirements.

The big picture: No government entity shall impose any agreement demanding that an employee get vaccinated, the Republican governor's executive order says. It adds that state employees will not be required to present vaccination proof to receive any sort of government service or to enter a government building.

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  2. Health: COVID cases, deaths at meat plants were far higher than previously thought — 96% of Tyson Foods employees vaccinated ahead of mandate deadline — U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers
  3. Politics: Louisiana lifts mask mandate except for some schools — Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate — Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles
  4. Education: Benefits of vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations.
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Oct 26, 2021 - Health

CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.