Coronavirus Update: Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recalls

Coronavirus Update: Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recalls

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Students enter a public school in Queens, New York, September 13. (Liao Pan / China News Service / Getty Images)

Leaders from two major unions representing teachers, principals and school supervisors in New York City said they were very concerned about how schools will be both safe and properly staffed by the date. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccination mandate expires on Monday.

The United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators are asking de Blasio to extend the deadline, which is Monday at midnight.

As of Thursday, 81% of all Department of Education employees and 87% of teachers received at least one dose, according to the New York City Department of Education.

This means that approximately 10,000 New York City school teachers have yet to upload proof of their immunizations. If they don’t, they risk losing their jobs – faced with the option of either taking a year of unpaid leave or leaving with severance pay.

The President of the United Teachers’ Federation, Michael Mulgrew, and the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and School Administrators, Mark Cannizzaro, said they both had no idea at this point how bad things could be. in each school, claiming that the information had not been openly shared by the NYC board of directors. Education.

“I’ve heard of several schools that have between 30 and 100 people currently on a non-compliance list,” Cannizzaro said.

Cannizzaro said he heard urgent concerns from its members about what would happen on Tuesday morning.

“The truth is that at this point, directors and superintendents are constantly contacting us to tell us that they are concerned about not having enough staff on Tuesday morning September 28,” Cannizzaro said at a joint press conference. with Mulgrew Friday morning.

“We’re probably going to land in a place where okay, we have five schools in this district that need three or four teachers, and then we have two more schools in the district that need 25 teachers,” Mulgrew said.

Cannizzaro and Mulgrew both said de Blasio’s optimism that enough people would be vaccinated by Monday night was not enough and pushed for a real plan of action.

“No one has reached out to find out exactly which schools are going to have a problem and give them extra support to make sure the principal, superintendent and everyone are comfortable the kids will be safe Tuesday morning. “Said Cannizzaro of the Ministry of Education

The department and de Blasio said they were ready for Monday’s deadline with reserves ready to roll out from pools of substitute teachers in the wings or other former teachers working in other fields. The education ministry says it has a reserve of 11,000 substitute teachers.

CNN has reached out to the mayor’s office and the NYC DOE for comment on the UFT and CSA’s remarks.

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