A state judge on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order, allowing the New York administration to move forward with their vaccine mandates for teachers and school staff next week.
Against the city’s compulsory vaccine administration for teachers, a coalition of city unions had filed a lawsuit, asking for the injunction against its implementation. State Supreme Court Justice Laurence Love put the TRO in place last week but removed it in his ruling on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Department of Education said the ruling was “a big win for New York City children and Department of Education employees. Their health and safety is at the very core of this vaccine mandate, and we are pleased the court recognized the city’s legal authority.”
On the other hand, the union that filed the lawsuit said they intended to continue the legal action. “We are deeply disappointed that the temporary injunction has been lifted,” Henry Garrido, executive director of DC 37, said in a statement. “This is not the end of the road and we will continue to fight for the right of workers to make their own healthcare decisions.”
As it stands, the Big Apple had announced last month that school employees would have to get at least a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Sept. 27- in order to rightly prepare for school re-openings- impacting about 148,000 school workers and contractors.