NEW YORK — New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcinga vaccine mandatefor teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge just days before it was to take effect.
The worker mandate for the nation’s largest school system was set to go into effect Monday. But late Friday, a judge for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction and referred the case to a three-judge panel on an expedited basis.
Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Filson said officials are seeking a speedy resolution by the circuit court next week.
“We’re confident our vaccine mandate will continue to be upheld once all the facts have been presented, because that is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” Filson said in an email.
She said more than 82% of department employees have been vaccinated.