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Nurse administers a COVID-19 dose in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Americans who are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all are much less concerned about the Delta variant than fully vaccinated Americans are, a new CBS poll indicates.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases are once again rising across the U.S. as health officials become increasingly concerned about the Delta variant, which is significantly more infectious than the original strain and poses an acute threat to the unvaccinated.

The big picture: 48% of "not fully/not vaccinated" respondents said they were concerned about the Delta variant, compared with 72% of fully vaccinated respondents.

  • Among the unvaccinated, since June, there has been a marked uptick in those citing a distrust science, concern about the side effects, and distrust of the government as reasons for not getting the vaccine.
  • Respondents who were adamant they would not get the vaccine and thought President Biden was focusing "too much" on vaccinations leaned majority-Republican.

Methodology: The CBS News survey was conducted by YouGov using a sample of 2,238 U.S. adults interviewed between July 14-17, 2021. The margin of error is ± 2.4 points.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that the Delta variant has unvaccinated people twice as likely to be hospitalized if infected.

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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.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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Delta asks other carriers to share "no-fly" lists of unruly passengers

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Delta Air Lines wants competitors to release their no-fly lists of banned passengers who have exhibited unruly behavior, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Flight attendants and pilot labor unions have voiced their concerns about handling hostile passengers at unprecedented rates since the start of the pandemic.

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.

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