In SummaryAfter a temporary ban, the vaccine mandate for teachers and school staff in New York City has been allowed to move forward.
Teachers and public school workers in New York City must get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Friday or risk losing their jobs, according to the city’s mayor.
“If you have not gotten that first dose by Friday 5:00, we will assume you are not coming to work on Monday, and you will not be paid starting Monday, and we will fill your role with a substitute or an alternative employee,” Mayor Bill De Blasio said.
New York City is the country’s largest school district and a judge from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted the mandate from taking effect Monday. According to NPR, the case was referred to a three-judge panel to be evaluated quickly.
Monday, the court ruled the mandate could proceed, lifting the temporary ban. Prior to the mandate, unvaccinated teachers were required to undergo weekly testing, and some think that should continue as opposed to the vaccine mandate.
The New York City Department of Education said, “Vaccinations are our strongest tool in the fight against COVID-19 — this ruling is on the right side of the law and will protect our students and staff.”
De Blasio said 7,000 staffers received the vaccine over the weekend, but many are still fighting against the mandate. Taisha Richards, a school safety officer in the Bronx, said she is not getting the vaccine. “I don’t feel like your job should be at stake,” she told CBS2. “For my religious reasons, my civil rights and freedom – freedom of choice.”
During the spring of 2020, New York City was an epicenter of COVID-19. At one point during the surge, the city saw more than 700 deaths per day to the virus, according to The New York Times COVID-19 tracker.
The city has also implemented a vaccine mandate to enjoy indoor activities such as dining, fitness and entertainment. More information about the vaccine mandate can be found here.