26 Sept 2021
NY School Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Blocked by Court, Hearing Next Week
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A vaccine mandate which requires school teachers and staff to get vaccinated in the state has been temporarily blocked by a U.S appeals court of appeals. The court has set a hearing for next week to evaluate the matter.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously set a deadline for Monday for all staff to receive the vaccine. Under this mandate, all employees in the U.S school system should have received at least one dose of the vaccine to help minimize the spread of the Delta Variant.
Other cities such as Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles have already implemented vaccine mandates in school systems to help tackle the rising cases of coronavirus infections. The city Law Department has stated that the injunction does not have merit and will pose a threat to the safety and health of children and staff.
Corporal Counsel Georgia Pestana wrote in a letter, “The order also upsets the reliance interests of parents and caregivers across the city who need clear and sound safety protocols when they send their children to public schools in the city day after day.”
The four plaintiffs who have challenged the mandate saying that vaccinations did not make an impact and were unnecessary. All four individuals could lose their jobs and other benefits according to the U.S District Court in Brooklyn.
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