A federal judge has taken action against New York City schools and plans to enforce their vaccine order. According to the Associated Press, the judge temporarily closed schools between September 2 and September to vaccinate teachers and other school staff at least partially.
The order was issued in August directly from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. At the time, he announced that by this coming Monday, an estimated 1,000,000 school staff would need to receive at least one first dose of the Covid-1 vaccine. The policy appeals to teachers and other school staff such as cafeteria staff and custodians.
A judge of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the ban Friday evening. A group of teachers is behind the attempt to block the mandate. Still, Education Department spokesman Daniel Filson said they were working toward a “quick fix.”
“We are confident that our vaccine mandate will remain in place after all information has been presented, as this is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” Phillipson said in an email.
The department reached out to school principals Saturday morning, according to the New York Post. An email was sent warning the superintendent that the judge’s decision was not final. A portion of the email warns to prepare “for the possibility of the vaccine order taking effect later this week.”
This temporary bloc comes at a time when the country is fighting to close the gap between those who are pro-vaccine and those who are against it. Mayor Bill’s mandate is actually the city’s “first test-option vaccination mandate for a wider group of city-workers”.
While New York City is proud of the country’s most populous city and largest school system, Mayor Bill has no plans to delay the mandate. He actually said in a radio interview on Friday that the city is not ready for a potential shortage of teachers.
Mayor Bill said, “We have been planning all the time. “We have a lot of options ready. A lot is going to happen between now and Monday but beyond that, we are ready, even if thousands are needed, we have thousands. “
The AP reported that “822% of departmental staff” had been vaccinated as of Friday, including “%% teachers”. Still, school workers’ unions say about 10,000 teachers and staff will be affected by an effective vaccine order.
This is a developing story.
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