Federal judges: NYC can impose vaccine mandate on teachers

NEW YORK (AP) – The country’s largest school district can immediately impose a vaccination mandate on its teachers and other staff, after a federal appeal committee decided on Monday. The three-member jury of the 2nd US

NEW YORK (AP) – The country’s largest school district can immediately impose a vaccination mandate on its teachers and other staff, after a federal appeal committee decided on Monday.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a brief order late in the day removing a block of mandate that a single appellate judge had put in place on Friday.

Following a negative verdict from a Brooklyn judge, a group of teachers took the case to the appeals court, which on Wednesday asked a three-judge jury to hear oral arguments. But the Appellate Body issued its order on Monday after both sides submitted written arguments.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in August that around 148,000 school workers would have to receive at least an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 27. The guideline includes teachers as well as other employees such as supervisors and canteen workers.

As of Friday, 82% of the department’s staff had been vaccinated, including 88% of teachers.

But teacher attorneys argued Monday in papers submitted to District 2 that teachers who are given unpaid leave for failing to comply with the order will be irreparably harmed unless the appeals court blocks the mandate.

The lawyers wrote that the city’s order would “leave teachers and auxiliaries without the means to pay for rent, utilities and other essentials. The damage is imminent. “

On Sunday, the city presented written arguments to the appeals court saying that some teachers’ preference “to remain unvaccinated while teaching at-risk school children is being eclipsed by the public’s interest in keeping a million students running.” of public schools safely and ensuring that carers across the city “can send their children to school knowing that solid safety protocols are in place.”

Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press

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