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Marisa Wiezel and Caitlin Kenny, co-teachers at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City, give a lesson to their masked students on Sept. 27. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

New York City's vaccine mandate for school staff members went into effect on Monday, covering nearly 148,000 employees, AP reports.

Why it matters: The vaccine mandate makes New York City — the nation's largest school system — one of the first school districts in the country to require staffers to receive the COVID-19 shot, per AP.

Driving the news: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said that employees who aren't vaccinated by Monday morning would be put on unpaid leave.

  • United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew said 97% of union members had received at least one vaccine dose as of Monday morning — up from Friday when De Blasio said 93% of teachers received at least one shot, per AP.

The big picture: The vaccine mandate was set to go into effect last week but was delayed after a judge temporarily blocked the measure.

  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday blocked a challenge to New York City's vaccine requirement for public school teachers and employees, allowing the mandate to remain in place.
  • The vaccine mandate does not provide a test-out option but allows for medical and religious exemptions.
  • While the vast majority of school employees are vaccinated, some principals are struggling to replace unvaccinated workers, per AP.

What they're saying: "While we’re thankful that the percentage of vaccinated staff has increased systemwide since the deadline was extended, there are still too many school leaders that have been unable to find qualified substitutes for Monday," Mark Cannizzaro, president of the Council of Schools Supervisors and Administrators, said.

What to watch: A similar vaccine mandate is set to go into effect in Los Angeles on Oct. 15, per AP.

Go deeper: Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

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96% of Tyson Foods employees vaccinated ahead of mandate deadline

Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Tyson Foods said Tuesday that more than 96% of its workers have received the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the company's Nov. 1 deadline to get all employees vaccinated.

Driving the news: Tyson Foods CEO Donnie King said nearly 60,000 additional workers received the shots after the company announced its vaccine mandate in August. At the time, a little less than half of all employees had been vaccinated.

Updated 11 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot — FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-11 year olds — Moderna says vaccine shows strong immune response in kids
  2. Health: 96% of Tyson Foods employees vaccinated ahead of mandate deadline — U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers — Those who miss work without pay due to COVID also had food insecurity
  3. Politics: Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate — Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles — New York City police union files lawsuit against vaccine mandate.
  4. Education: Benefits of vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
21 hours ago - Health

Alabama governor orders state agencies to fight federal vaccine mandate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Photo: Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed an executive order directing state agencies to not enforce federal coronavirus vaccine mandates, and instead cooperate with the state's attorney general to sue the Biden administration over the requirements.

The big picture: No government entity shall impose any agreement demanding that an employee get vaccinated, the Republican governor's executive order says. It adds that state employees will not be required to present vaccination proof to receive any sort of government service or to enter a government building.