New York Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera is due to receive her second dose of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine later this month, and plans to return to the bench in person for the September session, a source apprised of her situation confirmed Friday.

The source declined to comment about whether Rivera, the panel’s longest serving jurist, having served since 2013, has an interest in serving as the panel’s acting chief judge, as Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s Aug. 31 resignation approaches.

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