The court’s Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday rejected a petition filed by a group of New York teachers to block a COVID vaccine mandate for school teachers.
New York City began administering the COVID vaccine to school staff on Friday. Announced in August, the order prompted some teachers to respond to deadlines to avoid suspension or possible job loss.
Sotomayor did not provide an explanation for the rejection of the emergency order filed by the teachers and there was no full court vote on the matter. ABC7 New York.. It has the discretion to handle the application alone as it is the second circuit justice.
Teachers Rachel Manisalko, Evelyn Aranci, Diana Salomon, and Koren Lynch applied. Supreme Court On Thursday, regarding the emergency restraining order, he claimed that the mandate violates his rights.
“If allowed to take effect, the August 23 order will force thousands of non-government school employees to lose their jobs, while other municipal employees, including those with significant child contact, will be given a weekly vaccine mandate.” Exit is allowed. COVID-19 testing, “the teachers said in their application. “Because the number of people who get vaccinated against the vaccine is very low, there is no reason to make the vaccine mandatory instead of the weekly test.”
In response to Sotomayor’s rejection of the petition, public school teachers’ lawyers Mark Fonte and Louis Guillermo expressed frustration with the Scots decision and said the government had “gone too far” with regard to the vaccine.
“The voices of our teachers deserve to be heard. Vaccines for adults have not been ordered before a court for more than a century. These unconstitutional orders will continue until our courts decide to hear our argument.” The government has gone too far, “he said in a statement.
Font and Gelormino added that students would be affected by the lack of staff in government schools or the possible termination of the vaccine mandate.
“Teachers that our children love very much will no longer be in the classroom. The absence of school safety officers will compromise the safety of our children,” he said.
On Monday, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan stayed the revocation of a temporary restraining order.
New York City Mayor. Bill de Blasio As of Friday, 90 percent of education department employees, 93 percent of teachers, and 98 percent of principals have been vaccinated and have received at least one dose of the vaccine, he said.
The mayor said Friday, “The main thing is that this mandate has worked and its purpose has been to protect children, including our young children who have not yet been vaccinated, and to ensure that “Families know schools will be safe.” MSNBCOf In the morning.
Teachers’ unions have previously argued that the mandate would lead to a massive shortage of teachers in schools, but de Blasio insisted that there are many vaccine replacement teachers in the city who can fill it.
De Blasio said, “We have a lot of alternative teachers, especially a lot of young people who want to go into the teaching profession, who are ready, willing and able, who have been vaccinated, who can play this role immediately. There are. ” CNN on Wednesday.
Newsweek Contacted the Supreme Court, Font and Gelormo for comment, but received no response before the time of publication.