New York City has reportedly axed another 850 public school employees for refusing to get the mandated COVID vaccine, even as President Joe Biden declares the COVID pandemic "over."
According to the New York Post, NYC granted a year's worth of leave to some 1,300 teachers and school aides who hadn't yet complied with the city's vaccine mandate, which gave them until Sept. 5 of this year to get fully jabbed in order to return to work.
The Post reports:
Of those staffers, 450 got a shot by the deadline and “are returning to their prior schools or work locations,” DOE [Department of Education] officials told The Post. They include some 225 teachers and 135 paraprofessionals.
That leaves some 850 who didn't comply with the rules and were laid off as a result, bringing to 1,950 the total number of DOE employees axed since the mandate went into effect in October of 2021.
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NYC has so far fired 2,600 municipal workers for not being fully jabbed, even as the city - and the entire state - struggles under a shortage of teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other city employees.