Federal judge’s injunction blocks Covid-19 vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals’ judge just days before it was to take effect.

Workers in the nation’s largest school system were to be required to show vaccination proof starting Monday. But late Friday, a judge for the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction sought by a group of teachers and referred the case to a three-judge panel on an expedited basis. 

Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Filson said that officials are seeking a speedy resolution and that the circuit court has the motion on its calendar for Wednesday. 

“We’re confident our vaccine mandate will continue to be upheld once all the facts have been presented, because that is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” Filson said in an email. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in August that about 148,000 school employees would have to get at least a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination by Sept. 27. The policy covers teachers, along with other staffers, such as custodians and cafeteria workers. 

It’s the first no-test-option vaccination mandate for a broad group of city workers in the nation’s most populous city. And it mirrors a similar statewide mandate for hospital and nursing home workers set to go into effect Monday. 

As of Friday, 82 percent of department employees have been vaccinated, including 88 percent of teachers. 

De Blasio has resisted calls to delay the mandate, insisting the city was ready. 

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