NYC Sets Vax Mandate for Religious and Private School Workers



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    NYC Sets Vax Mandate for Religious and Private School Workers

    BREAKING: New York City will require employees at yeshivas and other private schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of the city’s latest push to expand vaccine mandates • Full Story

    New York Post

    New York City will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of the city’s latest push to expand vaccine mandates.

    The new directive, which was announced on Thursday, is expected to affect roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials said. They will have to show proof they received the first dose of a vaccine by Dec. 20.

    “We’re doing everything in our power to protect our students and school staff, and a mandate for nonpublic school employees will help keep our school communities and youngest New Yorkers safe,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

    Teachers and other employees at public schools were already required to get vaccinated, and more than 95 percent of the Department of Education’s employees have done so. Students are not required to be vaccinated, and the mayor has resisted setting a mandate for students, as some other American cities have.

    As New York City faces growing concerns over the Omicron variant, Mr. de Blasio has encouraged New Yorkers to wear masks indoors, and has put in place a vaccine mandate for child care workers.

    His order requiring vaccines for all city employees, including police officers and firefighters, faced resistance from some unions, but most workers eventually got vaccinated. Mr. de Blasio also required proof of vaccination for indoor dining, entertainment and gyms.

    The new rules could face opposition from those employed at yeshivas, a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish private schools, because of resistance to the vaccine.

    “We can’t jeopardize the health of the kids,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York.

    A vaccine deadline for correction officers — which Mr. de Blasio had pushed back by a month because of the ongoing staffing crisis at the Rikers Island jail complex — arrived this week, and about 82 percent of uniformed staff at the Correction Department were vaccinated as of Thursday, city officials said.

    Still, hundreds of officers were being put on unpaid leave, and many who have been vaccinated were working 12-hour shifts at jails.

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