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Federal judge blocks vaccination mandate for teachers in New York

By Michael Hill – Associated Press

A federal appeals judge temporarily banned New York City schools from implementing vaccination requirements for teachers and other workers, A few days before the deadline.

As of Monday, workers in the nation’s largest school system were required to provide proof of vaccination. But Friday evening, a judge in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction stopping the procedure, after a group of teachers asked for a review of the case.

Department of Education spokeswoman Danielle Felson said that Officials were seeking a quick solution in court.

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In this file photo on September 13, 2021, a girl walks past a “Welcome to School” sign in Brooklyn, New York.Mark Linehan/AFP

“We are confident that our vaccination requirements will continue to be upheld when all the facts have been presented, as this is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” Felson said in an email.

Newspaper New York Post It reported that the administration emailed managers Saturday morning, saying they “should continue to prepare for the possibility of the vaccine mandate going into effect later this week.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in August that some 148,000 school staff will need to receive at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before September 27. The policy includes teachers and other employees, such as bouncers and cafeteria workers.

This is the first state immunization in the country without the option of testing in a large group of public sector workers. It is similar to the statewide immunization requirement for hospital and nursing home employees.

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until friday, 82% of Ministry of Education employees have already been vaccinated, including 88% of teachers.

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Although most school workers have been vaccinated, unions representing New York City administrators and teachers have warned against it because of the measures Up to 10,000 teachers may be missing In a school system of one million students.

De Blasio refused to delay implementation of the demand, insisting that the city was ready.

“We have been planning it for a long time. We have a lot [maestros] “Alternatives are ready,” the Democrat said in a radio interview on Friday. “A lot will happen between now and Monday, but we are ready after that, even if we need thousands, we have thousands.”

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