NYC: Teachers and Staff Must Get COVID-19 Vaccine 

New York City public teachers and staff must get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said on Monday.

The announcement means that teachers, principals, custodians and central office staff must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 27, according to the New York Times. NYC has around 148,000 school employees and contractors.

Unlike a previous announcement that required vaccines or weekly testing, teachers must get the COVID-19 vaccine, since weekly testing is no longer an option.

Schools for the city’s 1 million students begins on Sept. 13. “We want our schools to be extraordinarily safe,” he said.

Per AP, 63% of all school employees have received the vaccine.

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The city’s teachers’ union is reportedly in favor of the vaccine mandate but said negotiations still need to happen, according to the Times.

“While the city is asserting its legal authority to establish this mandate, there are many implementation details, including provisions for medical exceptions, that by law must be negotiated with the UFT and other unions, and if necessary, resolved by arbitration,” the President of the United Federation of Teachers, Michael Mulgrew, said in a statement to the Times.

Last month, NYC said that teachers and staff who did not get the vaccine or submit to weekly testing would be suspended without pay. It’s unclear if those rules would apply after today’s announcement.

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