...

Court blocks New York City schools vaccine mandate, sets hearing for next week




  • In US
  • 2021-09-25 19:27:57Z
  • By Reuters
 

By Peter Szekely

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A requirement for New York City school teachers and staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 was temporarily blocked by a U.S. appeals court just days before it was to take effect, but the court on Saturday set a hearing on the matter for next week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio last month set Monday as the deadline for 148,000 staff members of the largest U.S. school system to get at least one dose of a vaccine under a mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit late on Friday blocked the deadline by granting a temporary injunction to a small group of public school teachers and paraprofessionals who are challenging the mandate, which does not allow for weekly testing as an alternative.

The court on Saturday scheduled a hearing on the dispute for Wednesday, following a request by the city for an expedited hearing.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington state also have introduced vaccine mandates for teachers and school staff as U.S. educators and parents grapple with how to keep schools safe and open as the country battles the latest coronavirus surge.

In a letter to the court, the city Law Department said the basis for an injunction lacked merit, adding that the uncertainty it creates threatens the "safe resumption of full school operations for the city's nearly one million students."

"The order also upsets the reliance interests of parents and caregivers across the city - who need clear and sound safety protocols when they send their children to public schools in the city day after day," said the letter signed by Corporation Counsel Georgia Pestana.

The four plaintiffs initially challenged the vaccine mandate on Sept. 15 in a civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, saying they stand to lose their jobs, benefits and seniority if they fail to comply with it.

"Such an ongoing, draconian punishment shocks the conscience, violates constitutional rights, and not only should not be permitted, but must be restrained immediately to prevent irreparable harm," they argued.

The plaintiffs said the school system experience last year showed that vaccinations were unnecessary because a safe learning environment could be achieved with masks and other precautions.

(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)

COMMENTS

More Related News

With the vaccination deadline approaching, NYC
With the vaccination deadline approaching, NYC's largest police union is suing for unvaccinated officers to continue working

The union has asked a Staten Island court to prevent the implementation of the vaccination mandate while its lawsuit is pending.

Ron DeSantis insists his police hiring spree has nothing to do with scooping up officers who left their jobs over vaccine requirements
Ron DeSantis insists his police hiring spree has nothing to do with scooping up officers who left their jobs over vaccine requirements

"It's for officers, period. It has nothing to do with their vaccination status," Gov. DeSantis said on Monday.

New York City police union files lawsuit to block vaccine mandate
New York City police union files lawsuit to block vaccine mandate
  • US
  • 2021-10-25 20:28:07Z

New York City's police union filed a lawsuit on Monday against a vaccine mandate for municipal workers ordered last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Police...

Amazon
Amazon's Staten Island warehouse workers file petition for union election -NLRB
  • US
  • 2021-10-25 18:13:25Z

The move represents the second time that U.S. staffers for the world's biggest online retailer have aimed to unionize this year, following a failed effort...

Florida aims to pay $5,000 to out-of-state police who resist vaccine mandates
Florida aims to pay $5,000 to out-of-state police who resist vaccine mandates

Ron DeSantis says he wants to give bonus to officers from other states who have lost jobs by refusing government mandates DeSantis polls strongly among...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US