2021-10-04 08:35:03 –
New York — New York City teachers and other school staff will be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rings on Monday morning. This is one of the first school district obligations in the country to require employees to be vaccinated with the coronavirus.
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a final warning to about 148,000 public school officials in the city on Friday, stating that unvaccinated employees were on unpaid leave and could not work this week. The city planned to bring in alternatives as needed.
As the deadline approached, the mission encouraged many teachers to be vaccinated. United Teachers’ Federation President Michael Mulgrew said 97% of his union members had been vaccinated at least once as of Monday morning.
This is a rise from Friday when De Blasio said 93% of teachers had at least one shot. The mayor said Friday that 90% of all Ministry of Education employees had been vaccinated at least once, including 98% of the principal.
Smooth mandates are for De Blasio, a city-recorded Democrat who left school buildings open for most of last year’s school year when other districts received full remote instruction. It will be a trial. New York City does not offer remote options this year.
Vaccination obligations in the country’s largest school system do not include test-out options, but medical and religious exemptions are granted. It was supposed to come into effect last week, but was postponed because the Federal Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction. The Appeals Commission overturned the decision three days later.
A similar mission will take effect in Los Angeles on October 15.
Mark Canizaro, chairman of the School Supervisors and Administrators Council, said some principals have enough staff to replace unvaccinated workers, despite the surge in vaccinations last week. He said he was having a hard time finding it.
“We are grateful that the proportion of vaccinated staff has increased throughout the system since the deadline was extended, but school leaders who failed to find a qualified alternative on Monday It’s still too much, “said Canizaro.
A group of teachers and other school employees who complained of school vaccine obligations sought an urgent injunction from the US Supreme Court on Thursday to prevent its implementation. The request was rejected on Friday.
Many students and parents support the obligation to vaccinate as the best way to keep the school open during a pandemic.
Joyce Ramirez, 28, who was picking up three children from Bronx Elementary School last week, said, “It’s safe for children.”
Ramirez said he hopes that this requirement will reduce the chances that teachers will be infected with the virus and encourage the closure of classrooms and schools.
Cody Miller, a 15-year-old sophomore in a high school in Manhattan, said all teachers should be vaccinated. “I think they should,” said a teenager who vaccinated himself as soon as Pfizer’s vaccination was approved by people over the age of 12. “There are so many kids, it’s a big environment, do you know?”
But another Bronx parent, Marie Diroche, had mixed emotions. “I feel it’s a decision they should be able to make,” said the mother of three boys between the ages of three and twelve. school.
Some educators reserve but comply with their mission.
Maurice Jones, 46, a support staff member at Manhattan Middle School, said she had been vaccinated a few months ago, but sympathizes with a colleague who has not taken a shot. “If they have to be tested more, they have to be tested more,” Jones said. “I don’t think they should lose their jobs.”
Roxanne Rizzi, a tech teacher at Queens Elementary School, waited until Friday to receive her first coronavirus vaccine.
“I had to do it for my family’s finances,” she said.
55-year-old Rizzi was infected with COVID-19 in November and resisted the vaccine because she believed that innate immunity would protect her. She said she would continue to protest the mandate.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should be vaccinated even if you are already infected with the virus. Authorities say the COVID-19 vaccine provides better protection than innate immunity and helps prevent reinfection.
Contributed by Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz.
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