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Over 26,000 New York City municipal workers are unvaccinated after a Friday deadline to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, AP reports.

Driving the news: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Oct. 20 that covers all of the city's public employees, including police officers and firefighters. Nearly 46,000 unvaccinated employees needed to receive one dose by Friday.

By the numbers: The mandate boosted the vaccination rate among city employees from 71% to 83% as of 8 p.m. Friday, AP reports.

  • The New York Police Department had a 5% jump in vaccinations, leaving 16% of police officers unvaccinated, per AP.
  • The fire department's vaccination rate rose 8%, while the sanitation department had an additional 10% of its staff get vaccinated, per AP. Both departments separately have 23% of their staffs unvaccinated.

Of note: Workers who refuse to comply with the requirement will be put on unpaid leave starting Monday.

  • The fire department is preparing to close 20% of its fire companies and have 20% fewer ambulances in service due to staffing shortages, AP reports.

Go deeper: New York City announces COVID vaccine mandate for all public workers

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Judge temporarily blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.

Why it matters: It's the latest setback in the Biden administration's rollout of COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Federal judges in two states temporarily barred the administration from enforcing mandates for millions of workers last week.

Dec 7, 2021 - Health

Report: COVID exacerbated young people's "unprecedented" mental health challenges

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy speaks during a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on July 15. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. surgeon general warned on Tuesday young people face "unprecedented" mental health challenges — and the pandemic has only made matters worse.

Why it matters: Depression, suicidal ideation and emergency room visits for mental health reasons have risen significantly in young people, according to the 53-page advisory from the country's top physician, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy.

The D.C. region prepares for Omicron variant

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Omicron hasn't been identified in D.C. yet, but most experts believe it’s just a matter of time before the new variant is found all across the U.S.

  • Last week three people in the Baltimore area were reported to be the first in Maryland with the variant.

Why it matters: Preliminary Omicron research shows that prior COVID infection may not protect well against the new variant, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes

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