A federal appeals court in New York City granted a temporary delay in implementing the Department of Education’s vaccine mandate that was scheduled to go into effect by the end of the day on Monday, September 27.
A hearing was scheduled before the entire three-judge appeals panel on Wednesday, but the restraining order only added to the massive confusion among teachers, administrators, politicians, and other DOE employees over the mandate.
The city begged the court to resolve the situation. “By casting a cloud over the Commissioner of Health’s order regarding vaccination of DOE workers, and the outcome of a labor arbitration conducted by plaintiffs’ labor representatives, the administrative injunction threatens the DOE’s safe resumption of full school operations for the city’s nearly one million students – hundreds of thousands of whom are not yet eligible to be vaccinated,” the city said in a letter to the court.
For the DOE, it’s full speed ahead, regardless of the chaos.