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Get vaccinated or get fired! Mayor Bill de Blasio to introduce vaccine mandate for all NYC school staff - with NO option to get weekly tests instead

 Every staff member at New York City's public schools will need to be vaccinated by the end of September with no option for weekly testing. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that every department of education employee must receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27, as the city escalates attempts to slow the spread of the hyper-contagious Delta variant.

There will be no option of a weekly test instead.

'We know this is going to help to ensure that everyone is safe,' he told reporters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that every department of education employee must receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27, as the city escalates attempts to slow the spread of the hyper-contagious Delta variant

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that every department of education employee must receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27, as the city escalates attempts to slow the spread of the hyper-contagious Delta variant

New York City has America's largest public school system with some 1.1 million students across 1,800 schools. The directive will affect almost 150,000 employees.

'Getting vaccinated is our passport out of the pandemic,' according to Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter. 

Just 63 percent of education staff are vaccinated so far. When asked if the mandate may lead to more teachers resigning or retiring, the mayor and schools chancellor said they doubt there will be a teacher shortage amid the vaccine mandate.

Outgoing Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has often clashed with de Blasio on handling the coronavirus, indicated in his pre-recorded farewell address Monday that he thinks all teachers should be vaccinated.  


The announcement comes as public bodies and private businesses in the United States grapple with boosting vaccination rates.

New York City is keeping rules in place to have students masked during classes as they return permanently to school buildings

New York City is keeping rules in place to have students masked during classes as they return permanently to school buildings

Many unions and critics of mandates have spoken out against required vaccinations, citing personal freedom arguments. 

Michael Mulgrew, head the United Federation of Teachers - the city's biggest teacher's union - suggested that many of the details in the mandate will need to go to court.

'Our first priority is keeping our kids safe and the schools open. The city's teachers have led the way on this issue, with the great majority already vaccinated. While the city is asserting its legal authority to establish this mandate, there are many implementation details, including provisions for medical exceptions, that by law must be negotiated with the UFT and other unions, and if necessary, resolved by arbitration.'


On Monday the US Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine, which is expected to trigger a slew of new vaccine mandates around the country.

New York's directive comes after Los Angeles and Chicago announced their own vaccine mandates for teachers. Neighboring New Jersey is likely to announce a similar mandate this week. 

The Big Apple now requires proof of vaccination for people attending indoor venues such as restaurants, gyms and shows, as the city tries to get back on its feet

The Big Apple now requires proof of vaccination for people attending indoor venues such as restaurants, gyms and shows, as the city tries to get back on its feet 

De Blasio wants all students to return to classrooms when schools start the new academic year on September 13 after a mixture of remote and in-person learning last year.

The Big Apple now requires proof of vaccination for people attending indoor venues such as restaurants, gyms and shows, as the city tries to get back on its feet.

The order, which took effect last week as new COVID cases soar in the city and across the nation, requires proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and gyms or fitness centers.  

The vaccination mandate aims to persuade more people to get vaccinated with the threat of missing out on city amenities.

At least 63 percent of New Yorkers have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine

At least 63 percent of New Yorkers have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine

'We do not want to go back to restrictions,' de Blasio said at a virtual news conference last week. 'The key to our progress is vaccination.' 

Businesses have a grace period until September 13 to begin implementing vaccine checkpoints before facing $1,000 fines, but many bars and restaurants are already demanding proof of vaccination to enter. 

In New York, a city of more than eight million inhabitants, 75.6 percent of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to official figures.


City data show that only 28 percent of black NYC residents between the ages of 18 and 44 are fully vaccinated, compared to 49 percent of Hispanics, 52 percent of whites, and 82 percent of Asians in the same age group.

Since New York announced its vaccine mandate, New Orleans and San Francisco have issued similar orders for patrons and staff of indoor businesses.

Nevada´s governor enacted a similar policy this week, and the Las Vegas Raiders responded by becoming the first NFL team to require proof of vaccination to attend games in 2021.

Los Angeles is considering similar measures. All are led by Democratic mayors, underscoring the political divide over mandates on vaccines, masks and other measures.

The vaccine mandates are fraught with complications, as restaurant servers, bartenders and ticket agents at already understaffed businesses now must enforce the vaccination rules.

Mindful that another economic shutdown could be disastrous, some restaurant and bar owners are embracing the the mandates as a way to control the virus and keep their doors open.

Mindful that another economic shutdown could be disastrous, some restaurant and bar owners are embracing the the mandates as a way to control the virus and keep their doors open

Mindful that another economic shutdown could be disastrous, some restaurant and bar owners are embracing the the mandates as a way to control the virus and keep their doors open

Others - particularly in parts of the city where people have resisted getting the vaccine - worry it will be a fatal blow to businesses that were prevented for months last year from serving patrons indoors.

It'll fall largely on businesses to enforce the policy, and de Blasio claims it won't be too different from a host guiding someone to a table or a box office clerk selling a ticket.

The announcement came just 24 hours after de Blasio broke from Governor Andrew Cuomo and said he would not bring back an indoor mask mandate in the city.

De Blasio said last week: 'If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated. It’s time'

De Blasio said last week: 'If you want to participate in our society fully, you've got to get vaccinated. It's time'

De Blasio said last week: 'If you want to participate in our society fully, you've got to get vaccinated. It's time.'

He added: 'This is a miraculous place full of wonders, and if you're vaccinated, all of that is gonna open up to you.'

About 66 percent of adults in New York City are fully vaccinated, with another 5.6 percent partially vaccinated, according to official data.

Mary Josephine Generoso, manager of pastry shop and diner Pasticceria Rocco in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, told DailyMail.com the city is 'segregating people' with the vaccine mandate.

'It's discriminatory - the mayor and the city of New York is asking us to segregate based on vaccine status,' she said.

A New York City diner owner has blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio's new vaccine mandate. Mary Josephine Generoso, manager of pastry shop and diner Pasticceria Rocco in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, stands in front of her store sign

A New York City diner owner has blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio's new vaccine mandate. Mary Josephine Generoso, manager of pastry shop and diner Pasticceria Rocco in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, stands in front of her store sign

'To put up a sign saying only vaccinated people can enter is segregating people. It would be like changing the words vaccinated and unvaccinated to black and white, or Muslim and Catholic, or gay or heterosexual,' she said.

'[De Blasio] is segregating people - it's the same as him saying you can't let a gay person in your business,' said Generoso.

The mayor fired back at the backlash in a press conference Tuesday morning saying 'this is not discrimination, it's about protecting people' and insisting the mandate will help boost uptake of the vaccine.


'It's nonsense,' said 47-year-old New Yorker Samuel, who is vaccinated but believes it should be a personal choice, in an interview with AFP.

'It's un-American. I don't like being forced to do something,' he added, while eating lunch at an Irish pub in Manhattan.

De Blasio said last week that some details of how the program will work still need to be worked out, but he did not think checking vaccination status should be too difficult for businesses, which already have to take tickets or show diners to a table.

Those looking to catch a Broadway show or get in a morning workout will need to pull out a CDC vaccination card or an app like the Excelsior Pass proving that they've had at least one jab of a Covid vaccine. Vaccination cards will be accepted as proof of inoculation, along with state and city apps.

The United States has recorded over 37 million positive COVID-19 tests, while 628,504 have lost their lives to the virus. 

2 comments:

  1. jewsaxon govs r after our teachers and military, perfect way to kill country is to killl these 2 groups with vaccines

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