The mandate is a major test for the employee vaccine mandates that are being implemented throughout the country. The city had intended to bring in substitutes if required, with Mayor Bill de Blasio saying that school personnel who had not been vaccinated would be placed on unpaid administrative leave.
However, as of Monday morning, 95 percent of the city’s about 148,000 public school employees had gotten at least one vaccination shot, including 96 percent of teachers and 99 percent of principals, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
An Employee Vaccination Mandate For COVID-19
Schools Director Meisha Ross Porter said that she was unsure of the exact number of employees who had refused the shots and been placed on administrative leave.
De Blasio, a Democratic mayor who has bragged about keeping school buildings available for much of the last school year while other districts switched to all-remote instruction, may face a challenge in ensuring that the law is implemented successfully. This year, there will be no remote option available in New York City.
This country’s largest school system was among the first in-country to require all of its employees to be immunized against the flu. Though there is no test-out option in the mandate, there are religious and medical exemptions that can be granted. On October 15, a similar ordinance is expected to take effect in the city of Los Angeles. According to de Blasio, since the order was issued on August 23, around 43,000 dosages have been administered. The Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona, praised New York City for “getting it right” in implementing the vaccine mandate.
Following the announcement of the mandate, vaccination rates increased in every category of school employment. Approximately 20,000 city Dept of Education employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees District Council 37, which reported on Sunday that 93 percent of those employees had offered proof of at least each COVID-19 vaccine dose, an increase from 68 percent at the beginning of September.
District Council 37 employees who are not vaccinated but wish to seek a medical or religious exemption have till 5 p.m. Tuesday to do so, according to a settlement reached with the city, according to union leaders in a news release. The mandate was intended to take effect last week. Still, it was postponed when a federal court issued a temporary restraining order requested by a group of teachers against its implementation. That decision was overturned by an appeals tribunal three days later. A plea for an injunction to be issued by the Supreme Court was also denied.
Roxanne Rizzi, a technology teacher at a Queens elementary school, waited until Friday to have her first coronavirus vaccination shot because she was concerned about the virus spreading. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control as well as Prevention in the United States, people should get inoculated even if they’ve already been infected with the virus. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines provide stronger protection over natural immunity and can help prevent a person from becoming ill again.