Here in New York City, a federal judge temporarily blocked a vaccine mandate for teachers and other staffers. The mandate was set to go into effect today and will now be reviewed by a legal panel this week. Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul says she may call in the National Guard and out-of-state medical personnel to fill in for tens of thousands of hospital workers who have not complied with New York’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
In New Mexico, health officials have linked the improper use of ivermectin to at least two deaths. The anti-parasite medication, most commonly used for livestock, was widely touted by conservative media and others, even though there is no scientific evidence it benefits COVID patients and the FDA has warned against its use.