Mary Altaffer / AP
NEW YORK – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday turned down an emergency roll call by a group of teachers to block the New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect for public school teachers and other staff.
The teachers had requested the injunction from Sotomayor on Thursday to prevent the mandate from going into effect on Friday.
According to the mandate rules, the approximately 148,000 school employees had until Friday 5 p.m. to get at least their first vaccination. The ones who weren’t banned without pay when schools opened on Monday.
In a statement, Georgia Pestana, the city’s corporate attorney, said: “We are pleased with Justice Sotomayor’s decision.
Vinoo Varghese, a lawyer for the teachers, said in an email: “We are disappointed, but the fight to keep our clients and those who are in a similar position going will continue.”
An original deadline earlier this week was postponed after a legal challenge, but a federal appellate body said Monday that New York City could continue the mandate in the largest school district in the country.
In August, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett dismissed an urgent motion from Indiana University students to block the institution’s vaccine mandate.