NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Monday was going to be the deadline for New York City school workers to get vaccinated, but that’s no longer the case after a judge temporarily blocked the warrant.
The education ministry’s vaccine mandate is now in limbo, just days before it is supposed to go into effect.
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On Monday, all teachers and DOE employees were to have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine or they would lose their jobs, but on Friday night that all changed when a federal appeals judge granted a temporary injunction against the mandate.
The new case was filed by a group of teachers and is at least the second lawsuit against the city order.
It also overturns a previous ruling by a judge last week who lifted a temporary break on the warrant.
On Saturday, the city reacted to the injunction.
The DOE issued a statement, stating in part: “We are confident that our vaccine mandate will continue to be met once all the facts are presented, as this is the level of protection that our students and staff deserve. . “
A spokesperson added on Saturday evening that the department had about 5,000 new vaccines since Friday. Currently, at least 85% of all employees have been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, New York City principals and teachers unions are also responding.
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On Saturday, the Board of School Supervisors and Administrators said it was overseeing the court’s review of the case.
The United Federation of Teachers issued the following statement:
“While we are still awaiting a decision in a separate judicial review of the city’s vaccine mandate, the Federal Court decision gives the city’s mayor and the city’s Department of Education more time to develop a real plan.” to deal with the expected vacancies that the mandate would create. . We hope they will take advantage of this opportunity.
Unions have previously said they encourage vaccinations, but should not be a condition of employment.
The groups warned that if the mandate is carried out as is, the school system could run out of up to 10,000 teachers and other workers.
The mayor says if that were to happen, the city has thousands of substitute teachers ready to step in.
As for this provisional injunction, it will be examined by a panel of three judges on Wednesday.
The lawyer representing the teachers in the lawsuit also reacts, saying in part: âTheir concern for the safety and the long-term consequences of this new vaccine is valid and sincere. No one’s livelihood should be compromised in this way by the government.
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Kiran Dhillon of CBS2 contributed to this report.