New York’s requirement that almost everyone working in a city’s public school be vaccinated against the coronavirus has forced thousands of employees of the Ministry of Education to be vaccinated at least once a week, educators. It is said that it led to a very high vaccination rate among them. Preliminary data released on Friday.
At least 98 percent of principals, 93 percent of teachers, and 90 percent of non-educated staff had been vaccinated by Friday, city officials said. The numbers are subject to change by Monday, the deadline to meet the requirements, as more employees are very likely to fire on weekends or provide evidence of vaccination.
The Ministry of Education reported more than 18,000 shots given to staff since September 24th.
“The mission works and makes us safer,” De Blasio said in a television interview. “I highly recommend all mayors of the United States. Do it now and implement these vaccine obligations ahead of the cold weather when things get tougher. Do it now, or later. You will regret it. “
A union representing city teachers who are tracking vaccinations individually among union members said that about 95 percent of union members had been vaccinated at least once.
The New York mission, which takes effect when school days begin on Monday, is the first attempt by the mayor to require city workers to be vaccinated without test options. It can lay the foundation for much broader requirements for the vast workforce of the city.
This requirement applies to well over 150,000 people working in the largest school system in the United States, including teachers, principals, caretakers, school safety officers, and lunch aides.
School staff who did not show evidence of having received at least one vaccination were automatically placed on unpaid leave late Friday. Anyone shot on the weekend can report to school on Monday and add to their salary.
Educators who do not submit vaccination certificates by the Monday deadline will be barred from enrollment in school and will be placed on unpaid leave with health insurance for one year. Those who have been vaccinated after Monday can return to school after the first vaccination.
Mandate apparently urged many employees to vaccinate, but the mayor’s decision to impose it as some schools address staff shortages that can be caused by the turnover of unvaccinated employees. Will be tested further this week.
In many schools, almost all staff are vaccinated and their missions have little or no effect. However, some schools may have to call a large number of substitute teachers. Others probably lack cafeteria assistants and need to switch from serving hot lunches to offering grab-and-go options.
In a radio interview on Friday, De Blasio claimed that there were sufficient alternatives to cover the thousands of educator and support staff workers who were expected to take a vacation on Monday.
As of Friday afternoon, about 4,000 teachers had not yet been vaccinated and about 30 principals or vice-principals had not been shot. About 15,000 non-educated staff were unvaccinated. City officials said they were ready to fill those positions by relocating other employees. Approximately 500 employees were granted religious or medical exemptions.
The mayor’s spokeswoman, Daniel Filson, said there are about 9,000 substitute teachers and 5,000 substitute associate specialists who can be placed in school immediately after vaccination.
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The city has also promised to provide schools with additional money to hire agents, and some central office employees who are eligible to teach will almost certainly go to school, at least temporarily. Will be called.
Union officials said they were particularly concerned about school safety officers who refused to vaccinate. They work at a police station and cannot be easily replaced. At least 82 percent of agents had been vaccinated at least once, police officials said. By comparison, the overall immunization rate at the police station was 67%.
School employees rushed to take pictures, reflecting a similar scenario involving health care workers in the state, during the days before hospital and nursing home employee obligations came into effect. Thousands were rushed to get vaccinated.
City officials need to determine if similar success can be achieved among other city officials and their unions, especially groups with relatively low immunization rates, such as police officers and sanitary workers.
The city’s legal authority to demand vaccines from employees was strengthened when a lawsuit filed by a coalition of unions representing school workers, including the United States Teachers’ Federation, failed to suspend its mission.
David Bloomfield, a professor of education law and policy at City University of New York and Brooklyn College, said:
“And, especially in schools, there are many precedents in the face of strong backlash from staff,” he said.
A group of teachers filed another legal objection seeking at least a temporary injunction against the mandate. The request was temporarily granted by a judge in the Federal Court of Appeals, but is now being dismissed by two other federal courts. A committee of judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear plaintiffs’ appeal on October 14 (teachers also request the US Supreme Court to file a proceeding, and Judge Sonia Sotmayor mentions Friday. I refused the request without bringing it to court.)
De Blasio delayed his mission by a week due to confusion over a temporary injunction. This allowed us to respond to requests from union leaders who, on behalf of teachers and principals, claimed that the school needed more time to prepare for staff shortages.
The mayor is betting part of his legacy of successfully reopening public schools in a pandemic, and vaccination of all adults in the school building is the best way to keep the system safe. It’s been said for a few weeks that it’s the way.
When the school building was reopened for part-time face-to-face learning last year, the city had a very low virus infection rate, but some educators and parents were threatened by the highly contagious delta mutant. Has expressed serious concern about returning as the virus continues.
The city has not offered distance learning options to students this year, frustrating some parents who are still uncomfortable sending their children back to the classroom. Some families have participated in informal strikes and continue to enroll their children without going to the classroom. Those children may be removed from the roll in the coming weeks.
Thousands of medically vulnerable children can choose to learn from home or receive direct instruction at home.
Three weeks after the school year, it’s too early to determine if the city can keep its students safe, as it was last year when far fewer children came to school. This year’s classroom has about 600,000 more children than last year.
Since September 13, 1,133 of the city’s 65,000 classroom spaces have been temporarily closed due to viral cases and potential exposure. More than 2,100 cases were detected among 1 million students in the city, and 883 cases were detected among tens of thousands of staff. So far, only one school has been completely closed due to the outbreak. Since then, it has resumed.
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