The New York City Department of Education laid off 850 teachers and classroom assistants in addition to 1,300 employees who took a year of unpaid leave.
This means that nearly 2,000 school staff will have been fired for failing to comply with the vaccination mandate imposed last October.
Of the 1,300 who took a year off, 450 agreed to show proof of vaccination by September 5.
The others are “deemed to have voluntarily resigned”.
The New York City Department of Education fired 850 teachers and classroom assistants after they refused to show proof they had received the COVID vaccine (file photo from November 2021)
The 450 people who were injected, made up of 225 teachers and 135 paraprofessionals, “are now returning to their previous schools or workplaces,” DOE officials told the New York Post.
About 1,950 staff have now been made redundant from the department since the introduction of the vaccination mandate on October 29, 2021.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams never lifted the vaccination mandate for schools in the city, though other cities and states have dropped those requirements as the CDC relaxed its covid guidelines.
Despite the protests, in total the City has laid off more than 2,600 city workers who were not fully vaccinated. Pictured, the city’s municipal workers marched against the vaccination mandate last October
In total, the City laid off more than 2,600 city workers who were not fully vaccinated.
One teacher, Rachelle Garcia, told the Post how she worked as a teacher in Brooklyn for 15 years, including in person during the pandemic.
Garcia refused to be vaccinated and took time off after his requests for religious exemption were denied.
“I really put my eggs in one basket, hoping and praying that at the last minute our mayor would fix everything in time so I could get back to work,” she said.
“I’m angry, I’m hurt, to be pushed aside like I’m nothing. Because I couldn’t say goodbye to my students properly, other teachers told me that they kept asking, “When is Ms. Garcia coming back?” It 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
Last October, dozens of New York City teachers staged a protest when then-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate went into effect, prompting some 18,000 educators to get vaccinated just before the deadline.
Protesters held up signs reading “Resist Medical Tyranny!” and “My Body, My Choice” in front of a Department of Education building in downtown Brooklyn.
A protester held a sign comparing anti-warrant 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 a year later, Mayor Adams had publicly berated office workers, criticizing them for staying “home in their pajamas all day.”
Adams said the continuation of remote work is deepening the city’s income divide.
Protesters held up signs reading “Resist Medical Tyranny!” and “My Body, My Choice” in front of a Department of Education building in downtown Brooklyn in October 2021
‘”It’s time to come back.” I’m really happy to hear business 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 calls growing louder, leading some to ease their Covid-19 restrictions.
Goldman Sachs is requiring its 10,000 New York employees to come into the office five days a week, with workers no longer needing to wear masks or test for covid to enter their offices.
New CDC guidelines state that individuals no longer need to self-quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and no longer recommend social distancing.
People who do not show symptoms or those whose symptoms improve can end their isolation after five days, according to the new guidelines.
Dozens of protesters crossed the Brooklyn Bridge last fall to denounce the vaccine mandate that went into effect
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