Sep 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Judge rules NYC vaccine mandate for public schools can proceed

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A girl welcomes others as she waits to enter classes in the Bronx. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that New York City's vaccine mandate for adults working in public schools can proceed, reversing a temporary injunction that was issued Friday.

Why it matters: The ruling could clear an avenue for a broader mandate for all city employees, the New York Times notes.

Flashback: In August, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all Department of Education employees would need at least one dose of the vaccine by Sept. 27.

  • But last week's injunction prevented the mandate from being enforced until the court reviewed and approved it.

What's next: It's unclear if the city will enforce the vaccine mandate tonight as was originally scheduled or if they will wait until later this week to begin enforcing it, the Times reports.

  • Union leaders have called on de Blasio to delay the mandate, arguing that schools were not ready to deal with possible staffing shortages as a result of it.
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