Immunization mandates for NYC teachers, state health workers in court – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A trial on Wednesday could affect thousands of health care teachers and workers.
A decision should soon be made whether they need to be vaccinated to keep their jobs, reported Natalie Duddridge of CBS2.
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City officials and union officials reported Wednesday morning at 80 Center St. to make a decision.
More than a month ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio said all teachers must be injected or lose their jobs by September 27th. The state said the same for health workers.
âWhen we had the COVID outbreak, it was very, very scary, even for us healthcare workers. So I think people should be vaccinated, âsaid medical worker Marita Edet.
But many disagreed. Seventeen health workers filed lawsuits and several municipal unions sued the city on the grounds that the mandate violated constitutional rights.
In separate court rulings, judges temporarily suspended the compulsory vaccination until Wednesday.
At his daily meeting, the mayor was confident that he would get his way.
âEveryone understands what happens if you don’t get vaccinated on time, what the penalties are. I don’t expect a lot of people to want to experience these penalties, âsaid de Blasio.
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The United Federation of Teachers says that while it believes its members should receive the vaccine, it shouldn’t be a condition of employment.
“I think there are likely alternatives if they get tested consistently,” said one person.
âThere should be a happy middle. I know there have been many tests. Weekly testing, in my opinion, is a way to get around this and keep everyone safe, âsaid another person.
According to the city’s latest figures, 87% of teachers are already vaccinated, but there have been staffing concerns when staff refuse to get the vaccine – not enough teachers or substitute teachers or health workers in hospitals.
Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul said hospital officials are prepared.
âThat’s the smart thing. We have to continue the mandates, âshe said. “I will make sure we have the resources and the necessary people to set up temporary staffing plans.”
Duddridge was told the court said a decision could be made on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.
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CBS2’s John Dias contributed to this report.