Federal judge intervenes, issues temporary injunction against NYC school system vaccine mandate

New York City public school teachers who, for whatever reason, refuse to take a COVID-19 vaccination shot, scored a major victory thanks to a federal appeals judge.

According to the Daily Mail, just 72 hours before a vaccination mandate was set to take effect for teachers in the New York City school system, a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge intervened, ordering a temporary injunction against the vaccine mandate. 

The federal judge referred the case to a three-judge panel under expedited conditions.

Not surprisingly, Department of Education officials are hoping for closure in the decision one way or another before the nation’s largest public school system returns to another hectic school year filled with unknown issues down the road, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Danielle Filson, a DoE spokesperson, is sure that the three-judge panel will rule in favor of Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s (D) vaccination mandates.

“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.

Though some 88% of New York City teachers are vaccinated, that still leaves roughly 10,000 who aren’t. If the vaccine mandate is upheld, that could quickly lead to a catastrophic shortage of teachers in the school system, and it doesn’t appear as if the NYC public school system is ready for that type of situation.

Included in the vaccine mandate are the custodians, lunch servers, and virtually all support staff who work in the public school system, of which only 82% are vaccinated.

Teacher union leaders are on the frontlines of the battle, with some in favor of the vaccine mandate and others against it. Either way, the New York City public school system could soon be in total panic mode depending on the outcome of the judges’ final decision.