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New York City Mandates Vaccinations For 148,000 School Teachers, Staff

Brittany Jordan



New York City will require all unvaccinated public school teachers and staff to be vaccinated, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The city’s roughly 148,000 public school teachers and staff have until Sept. 27, two weeks after the school year’s scheduled start, to get their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, de Blasio said during a press conference. The requirement doesn’t allow staff to avoid vaccination by submitting results of a coronavirus test every week.

“We know that this is going to help ensure everyone is safe,” the mayor said.

The city didn’t mention any medical or ethical exemptions for unvaccinated teachers and staff in its announcement. (RELATED: Parent Rips Mask Off Teachers Face, Superintendent Pleads For No ‘Mask Wars’)

New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter said 40,000 public school employees had submitted proof of vaccination to the city by Monday.

De Blasio noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given full approval to the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, calling it a “game-changing moment.” He also said the city would immediately begin negotiating with the major unions representing city teachers and staff about how the mandate could be implemented.

People protest vaccine mandates in New York City on Aug. 9. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

“While the city is asserting its legal authority to establish this mandate, there are many implementation details, including provisions for medical exceptions, that by law must be negotiated with the [United Federation of Teachers (UFT)] and other unions, and if necessary, resolved by arbitration,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement following de Blasio’s announcement.

The Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA), the city’s largest principals union, echoed the UFT and urged the city to engage in good-faith negotiations before implementing a universal mandate.

“While CSA has supported all efforts to encourage vaccination, we have also insisted that vaccination and testing policies are subjects for collective bargaining,” CSA President Mark Cannizzaro said in a statement Monday.

“Today, the mayor acknowledged that the city must negotiate the specifics of the new policy with school-based unions, and we will work to protect our members’ rights and interests at the bargaining table,” the statement continued.

New York City public employee unions, including the Emergency Medical Service workers union, previously criticized the mayor for issuing a vaccine mandate for all city workers.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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