City workers in New York City are taking a stand for their right to access healthcare. When the COVID vaccine was made available, New York City made it mandatory for everyone to get immunized.
These requirements have now been contested in court after city employees quit their employment rather than being required to get the vaccination.
As of August 30, 1,761 city employees had been sacked for not receiving the vaccination, according to data from the mayor’s office, the Daily News reported on Wednesday.
Since the New York City Department of Education fired an additional 850 teachers and other personnel this month, the overall number of school employees fired for violating the rule is now probably higher, according to the New York Post.
Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for NYC Mayor Eric Adams, noted that “The Supreme Court has rejected numerous attempts to have it take up lawsuits on the vaccine mandate and a number of other courts have upheld the mandate, recognizing that it saves lives and is a condition of employment.” Lawsuits challenging the city’s requirement for city workers to receive vaccinations have so far been unsuccessful.
The COVID-19 recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reversed last month, eliminating its prior differences between those who have had vaccinations and those who have not.
Adams announced on Monday that the vaccination requirement for student athletes and private employees will stop on November 1.
He responded, “That is not on the radar for us,” when questioned about why the mandate for city employees has not been lifted during a press conference on Tuesday.
However, Patrick Lynch, the head of the police union Police Benevolent Association, is among those who are keeping an eye on it. Lynch stated in a statement:
“This announcement is more proof that the vaccine mandate for New York City police officers is arbitrary, capricious, and fundamentally irrational ….
“Now that the city has abandoned any pretense of a public health justification for vaccine mandates, we expect it to settle our pending lawsuits and reinstate with back pay our members who unjustly lost their jobs.”
Justice Arlene Bluth of the Manhattan Supreme Court observed in her decision that the Brooklyn police officer had received no explanation from the city as to why his request for a religious exemption had been denied.
Lawyer for health freedom rights Ray L. Flores II stated to The Defender:
“With New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private-sector workers coming to an end on Nov. 1, it is time for either the mayor or the Supreme Court, to end the city’s discriminatory practice.”
The Biden administration’s announcement on August 31 that it will not enforce Executive Order 14042, which required the COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors, and President Biden’s statement last week that “The pandemic is over,” have increased criticism of Adams’ administration’s inconsistent stance on the mandate for municipal employees.
On September 14, Teachers for Choice triumphed in their fight to combine three cases opposing the vaccine requirement for New York City teachers into a single case.
Plaintiff Michael Kane stated, “Attorney Sujata Gibson feels very confident in the case we have, especially with all the cases consolidated into one challenging virtually all of the remaining vaccine mandates in New York City.”
The district, which serves more than 1 million students, is one of the biggest in the United States, according to the Department of Education website.
Workers protested the impending Feb. 11 deadline, which would have resulted in termination for many who chose not to get vaccinated, by marching from Metro Tech in Downtown Brooklyn, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and proceeding to City Hall.
A group called Bravest for Choice, which assisted in organizing the demonstration, raises money to help the city’s firefighters, doctors, and/or EMTs who have lost their jobs as a result of not following the vaccine mandates, stating,
“The Firefighters, Medics and EMTs who have been serving New York City throughout the entire pandemic are being sent home due an unjust, unnecessary mandate. They want to keep serving the public. They simply can not comply with the mandate due to religious, medical or personal reasons. … Just let them work.”
Detective Anthony Marciano of New York City is pursuing his case after rejecting the jab. As the Supreme Court takes up the issue on October 7, according to Marciano’s lawyer Patricia Finn, chief counsel for the organization Make Americans Free Again, that may soon change.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“It is a legal question, and facts are not in dispute,” she said. “I think the court has been waiting for a case like [Marciano’s]. I think they are waiting for somebody to approach the issue in a very clean and straightforward way.” CONTINUE READING…