NYC To Require COVID Vaccines For Private School Employees

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is expanding his ordinance requiring COVID-19 vaccines to include teachers and staff in private and religious schools.

De Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday that employees in non-public schools will have to prove that they have received at least one dose of a vaccine by December 20. The ordinance will apply to approximately 56,000 employees at 938 New York City schools.

The Democratic mayor had issued a warrant that went into effect in October demanding shots fired on workers in the city’s public school system, which is the largest in the country. De Blasio has extended mandates to cover the city’s workforce, including police, firefighters and sanitation workers, and expanded the order this week to include guard workers. children.

“We are doing everything in our power to protect our students and school staff, and a mandate for non-public school employees will help keep our school communities and younger New Yorkers safe,” said de Blasio in a press release.

City hall officials have said vaccinations will be offered at any private or religious schools that request them, and the city will work with school officials to prepare for the term of office and ensure that ‘they comply.

City officials did not immediately respond to questions about how many private school employees are already vaccinated and how the city would implement the mandate in private schools.

Teachers and staff in public schools who did not comply with the city’s previous order have been placed on unpaid leave.

Rabbi David Zwiebel, chairman of the New York Independent and Religious School Leaders Committee, said in a letter to the mayor on Thursday that the committee “strongly opposes” the mandate and urged him to reconsider.

“Although we generally support and encourage vaccination against Covid in our schools, and although in fact the vast majority of employees in our schools are vaccinated in this way, most of our schools do not insist on such vaccination as a condition. employment. Many of our schools view Covid vaccination as a matter of individual choice, not a government decree, ”Zwiebel wrote in the letter.

He said a small number of unvaccinated employees would likely continue to resist vaccines and leave struggling schools to fill vacant positions.

Most of New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine warrants have been the subject of legal challenges, but have been widely allowed by the courts to go into effect.

New York State is one of a handful of states that have removed the religious exemption from vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. The 2019 decision came amid the country’s worst measles outbreak in decades, with a majority of cases coming from outbreaks in New York City in Orthodox Jewish communities.

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