COVID vaccine mandate takes effect for NYC teachers, staff

NEW YORK (AP) – A COVID-19 vaccination requirement for teachers and other staff members took effect in New York City’s sprawling public school system on Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said 95% of the city’s roughly 148,000 public school staffers were vaccinated as of Monday morning. That includes 96% of teachers and 99% of principals.

The mayor had warned that unvaccinated school staffers would not be allowed to work. New York City’s schools are among the first in the nation to require all employees to be inoculated against the coronavirus.

A similar mandate is set to go into effect in Los Angeles on Oct. 15.