New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has directed all public school teachers and other staffers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus especially that the nation’s largest school system prepares for classes to start next month.
Based on de Blasio’s order, all 148,000 school employees — and contractors who work in schools — will have to get at least a first dose by Sept. 27.
While the order is mandatory, the order does not state if there would be a penalty to those who will refuse or if there is an exemption to the order.
The test data has shown that some 63% of school employees already have been vaccinated.
That figure doesn’t include those who may have gotten their shots outside the city.
Sources said school will starts Sept. 13 for the city’s roughly 1 million public school students.
The latest order is NYC’s way of fighting the virus’ highly contagious delta variant by ratcheting up the pressure to get more people inoculated.