NEW YORK (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor filed an emergency appeal Friday by a group of educators to block New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school teachers and other staff from taking effect. refused.
Teachers filed for an injunction with Sotomayor on Thursday in an attempt to prevent the mandate from taking effect on Friday.
Under the mandate’s rules, about 148,000 school workers had at least 5 p.m. Friday to receive their first vaccine. Those who did not face suspension without pay when schools opened on Monday.
In a statement, Georgia Pestana, attorney for the city’s corporation, said, “We are satisfied with Justice Sotomayor’s decision. He made the right call to the law and in the best interest of students and teachers.”
“We are disappointed, but will continue to fight for our clients due process and similar ones,” teachers’ lawyer Vinoo Varghese said in an email.
An original deadline was delayed after a legal challenge earlier this week, but a federal appeals panel said on Monday that New York City could go ahead with a mandate in the nation’s largest school district.
In August, Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett denied an emergency appeal by Indiana University students to block that institution’s vaccine mandate.