“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our staff, who show up in countless ways for New York City students,” Danielle Filson told CNN in a statement. “We are reaching out to these employees directly and will make the necessary accommodations for them.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio last month Anunciado that all public school staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination of at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by September
CNN has reached out to de Blasio’s office and the New York City Law Department for comment.
Union president Michael Mulgrew said the city denied vaccine medical exemptions for teachers needing to work from home in the middle of an ongoing arbitration process this week.
“What the city started doing yesterday, we felt was in clear violation of all sorts of medical accommodation laws, medical issues and was in fact against what we were actually doing in our arbitration itself,” Mulgrew said in a virtual press conference on Friday.
“As a group, teachers have overwhelmingly supported the vaccine, but we have members with medical conditions or other reasons for declining vaccination,” Mulgrew said in a statement.
“After our demand for independent arbitration, the city backed off its initial position that all unvaccinated personnel be removed from payroll, and will offer out-of-classroom work for those with certified medical or other conditions,” Mulgrew said.