Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – A legal challenge to New York’s health care vaccine mandate is at the center again today.

At 2 p.m., a panel of three judges in the federal court will hear from nurses who oppose the claim, as well as attorneys from the state.

The courts have issued a temporary stay blocking the mandate. The nurses are demanding religious exemption.

It happens the same day that FDNY firefighters are expected to announce a major protest and march on New York City’s mandate.

This demonstration will be the latest in a series since the city announced its vaccine requirement to all police officers, firefighters and city workers.

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New York City announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all police officers, firefighters and city workers in an effort to increase the number of backlogs in these agencies.

Earlier in the week, about 20,000 firefighters, officers and municipal workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the mandate, which takes effect Friday.

Amid these mandate controversies, an FDA advisory panel on Tuesday approved the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5-11.

A final decision from the FDA and CDC may come as early as next week.

Experiments have shown that the shots are almost 91% effective in children. The dose for children is one third of the dose prescribed for adults.

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