COVID Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect For NYC Teachers, Staff

FILE - Students are greeted by faculty as they arrive at PS811 in New York, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. New York City teachers and other school staff members are supposed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rings Monday morning, Oct. 4 in one of the first districtwide mandates requiring school employees to be inoculated against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(AP) — A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for teachers and other staff members has taken effect in New York City’s million-plus-student public school system. The city had planned to bring in substitutes on Monday, with Mayor Bill de Blasio warning that unvaccinated school employees would be placed on unpaid leave. De Blasio said 95% of the city’s roughly 148,000 public school staffers had received at least one vaccine dose as of Monday morning. The nation’s largest school system is one of the first in the country to require inoculations for all its staffers. A similar mandate is set to go into effect in Los Angeles on Oct. 15.


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