New York City’s immunization mandate for nearly all adults working in its public schools may go as planned, a federal appeal committee ruled on Monday, overturning a decision taken over the weekend that suspended the application of the warrant until later this week at the earliest. Mayor Bill de Blasio initially ordered more than 150,000 educators and staff in the country’s largest school system to receive at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by midnight tonight.
But on Monday evening, he said he would extend the deadline until the end of the day on Friday, meaning the warrant would take effect next Monday morning, October 4.
Union leaders representing teachers and city directors have spent the past week calling on the mayor to delay the deadline to give schools more time to prepare for possible staff shortages caused by workers refusing to attend. get vaccinated.
The original deadline was suspended Friday night by a United States Court of Appeals judge for the Second Circuit. The three-judge panel was due to address the issue on Wednesday, but it appears to have ruled early.