Appeals court panel rules against NYC teachers challenging vaccine mandate

New York City imposed a mandate requiring that all of those employed by its Department of Education (DOE) be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 27.

While a group of teachers decided to challenge that rule in court and won temporary relief from the enforcement of the mandate, their case was just dealt a major setback by an appeals court panel, according to The Daily Wire

As reported, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan announced Monday that the city is free to move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for teachers and staff in the nation’s largest public school system.

“After an adverse ruling from a Brooklyn judge, a group of teachers had brought the case to the appeals court, which assigned a three-judge panel to hear oral arguments Wednesday,” a CNBC report noted.

The new deadline

Unfortunately, a three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled against the group of unvaccinated teachers this week, with their attorneys, Mark Fonte and Louis Gelormino, feeling “dismayed and disappointed by this turn of events.”

“As of this moment the mandate is in place,” Fonte acknowledged. He went on to predict that the ruling would lead to negative consequences for NYC public school students and parents.

“With thousands of teachers not vaccinated the City may regret what it wished for,” Fonte said. “Our children will be left with no teachers and no security in schools.”

Following the panel’s decision, a DOE spokesperson told New York City’s ABC 7 that a new vaccine deadline has been set for the end of this week.

“The mandate will go into effect on Friday end of day so that by Monday, October 4, 100 percent of educators and staff in our buildings will be vaccinated,” the spokesperson said.

What about the data?

The DOE spokesperson went on to insist, “Vaccinations are our strongest tool in the fight against COVID-19 — this ruling is on the right side of the law and will protect our students and staff.”

Those sentiments echo the words of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who in August declared, “To keep our schools healthy and safe, we are now requiring all Department of Education staff to have at least one dose of the vaccine by September 27. Together, we will create a safe and welcoming school experience for our kids.”

However, according to figures published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 464 children aged 17 and under have died of COVID-19 in the United States since the pandemic began, and some claim the figure could be even lower.


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