The plea of NYC teachers to have the COVID-19 vaccine mandate blocked by Justice Sotomayor was denied.

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The plea of NYC teachers to have the COVID-19 vaccine mandate blocked by Justice Sotomayor was denied.

The request of NYC teachers to have Justice Sotomayor block the COVID-19 vaccine mandate was refused.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor turned down a request by New York City teachers to remove a rule that all public school personnel be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus on Friday.

She declined to take the case to the full United States Supreme Court just hours before a deadline set by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. All teachers and staff must get their first shot by 5 p.m. Friday or face being fired on Monday, according to the rule, which went into force on Aug. 23.

A group of teachers sued the city, arguing that the mandate infringed on their right to due process and jeopardized their jobs. Unlike the federal mandate, which permits workers to opt out of the vaccine in return for regular tests, the city, according to the lawsuit, does not provide a similar option.

A judge suspended the requirement earlier this week, but it was reinstated by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The professors have asked the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order pending the outcome of their appeals.

As of Monday, 87 percent of all New York City Department of Education employees had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, including 90 percent of teachers and 97 percent of principals.

Approximately 10,000 teachers are still unvaccinated, increasing fears that the rule would result in a teacher shortage if enough substitutes are not found.

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