October 21, 2021 1:40 pm
NYC teachers’ appeal to block school vaccine mandate denied

NYC teachers’ appeal to block school vaccine mandate denied

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday denied an emergency appeal from a group of teachers to block New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school teachers and other staff from going into effect.

The teachers had filed for the injunction on Thursday in an attempt to prevent the mandate’s implementation Friday.

Under the mandate rules, the roughly 148,000 school employees had until 5 p.m. Friday to get at least their first vaccine shot. Those who did not receive their first vaccine shot on Monday were not subject to suspension.

Georgi Pestana, city’s corporate counsel, stated that Justice Sotomayor’s decision was “gratifying.” She made the right call on the law and in the best interest of students and educators.”

Vinoo Varghese, an attorney for the teachers, said in an email, “We are disappointed, but the fight for our clients’ due process and those similarly situated will go on.”

An original deadline earlier this week was delayed after a legal challenge, but a federal appeals panel said Monday that New York City could go ahead with the mandate in the country’s largest school district.

In August Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney denied an emergency appeal by students at Indiana University in order to stop that institution from implementing its vaccine mandate.