NYC fires another 850 teachers and teaching aides after they failed to get COVID vaccine by Sept 5

NYC fires another 850 teachers and teaching aides after they failed to get the COVID vaccine by September 5 deadline – bringing total to 1,950 terminated by department of education since vaccine mandate took effect

  • The New York City Department of Education has axed 850 teachers and classroom aides after they refused to show proof of getting the COVID vaccine
  • 1,300 educators had been given almost a year to get the shot 
  • 450 did so, agreeing to show proof of vaccination by September 5
  • It means that almost 2,000 school employees have been fired for failing to comply with vaccine mandate imposed last October

The New York City Department of Education has axed 850 teachers and classroom aides on top of the 1,300 employees who took one year’s unpaid leave. 

It means that almost 2,000 school employees will have been fired for failing to comply with vaccine mandate imposed last October. 

Of the 1,300 who went on leave for a year, 450 agreed to show proof of vaccination by September 5.

The rest are ‘deemed to have voluntarily resigned.’

The New York City Department of Education has axed 850 teachers and classroom aides after they refused to show proof of getting the COVID vaccine (file photo from November 2021)

The New York City Department of Education has axed 850 teachers and classroom aides after they refused to show proof of getting the COVID vaccine (file photo from November 2021)

The 450 who received a shot, consisting of 225 teachers and 135 paraprofessionals, are now ‘returning to their prior schools or work locations,’ DOE officials told The New York Post

About 1,950 staffers have now been terminated from the department since the vaccine mandate was introduced on October 29, 2021.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams never lifted the vaccine mandate despite for city schools despite other cities and states dropping such requirements as the CDC relaxed its covid guidelines.  

Despite protests, in total, the City has fired more than 2,600 municipal workers who were not fully vaccinated. Pictured, municipal workers of the city marched against vaccination mandate last October

Despite protests, in total, the City has fired more than 2,600 municipal workers who were not fully vaccinated. Pictured, municipal workers of the city marched against vaccination mandate last October

In total, the City has fired more than 2,600 municipal workers who were not fully vaccinated. 

One teacher, Rachelle Garcia, told The Post how she had worked as a school teacher in Brooklyn for 15 years including in-person during the pandemic. 

Garcia refused to get vaccinated and took leave after her requests for a religious exemption were denied. 

‘I really put my eggs in one basket, hoping and praying that at the last minute our mayor would turn everything around in time for me to go back to work,’ she said.

‘I’m angry, I’m hurt, to be cast aside like I was nothing. Because I couldn’t give a proper goodbye to my students, other teachers told me they kept asking, “When is Ms. Garcia coming back?” That made me cry so much.’

Dozens of New York City teachers staged a protest last October as the COVID-19 vaccination mandate went into effect

Dozens of New York City teachers staged a protest last October as the COVID-19 vaccination mandate went into effect

Last October, dozens of New York City teachers staged a protest on as then-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate went into effect, spurring some 18,000 educators to get inoculated just before the deadline.

Protesters held signs that read ‘Resist medical tyranny!’ and ‘My body, my choice’ in front of a Department of Education building in downtown Brooklyn.

One protester held a sign comparing anti-mandate demonstrators to Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who refused to sit in the back of the bus in the segregated South in the mid-1950s.  

Almost one year on, Mayor Adams had publicly scolded office workers criticizing them for staying ‘home in your pajamas all day.’

Adams said the continuation of remote work was worsening the city’s income divide. 

Protesters held signs that read 'Resist medical tyranny!' and 'My body, my choice' in front of a Department of Education building in downtown Brooklyn in October 2021

Protesters held signs that read ‘Resist medical tyranny!’ and ‘My body, my choice’ in front of a Department of Education building in downtown Brooklyn in October 2021

‘”Time to come back.” I’m really happy to hear corporate leaders starting to say that,” Adams said after Labor Day.

A number of Wall Street banks had been pushing for a return to the office since last year with the calls growing stronger leading some to loosen their Covid-19 restrictions.

Goldman Sachs requires its 10,000 New York City employees to come into the office five days a week with workers no longer needing to wear masks or test for covid in order to come into their offices.j

The new CDC guidelines state individuals no longer need to quarantine if they’ve been in close contact with somebody who has COVID-19 and no longer recommends social distancing.

Individuals who do not have symptoms or those whose symptoms are improving can end their isolation after five days, according to the new guidelines.

Dozens of protesters march across the Brooklyn Bridge last fall denouncing the vaccine mandate which went into effect

Dozens of protesters march across the Brooklyn Bridge last fall denouncing the vaccine mandate which went into effect

Source

Related posts