A federal appeals court judge temporarily blocked the vaccine mandate for school workers in New York on Friday night.
A judge of the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction Friday night, referring the case to a panel of three judges for an “expedited investigation.” the Associated Press reported.
“We are confident that our vaccine mandate will continue to apply once all the facts have been presented, as this is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” Education Department spokeswoman Danielle Filson told AP.
The FDA fully approved the Pfizer vaccine at the end of August.
Within minutes of the FDA approval, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that all employees of the city’s public school must receive the vaccine by September 27.
De Blasio pulled off unions representing teachers who warned of a shortage of teachers if the vaccine mandate takes effect.
“We’ve been planning all along. We have a lot of replacements ready, ”de Blasio said according to AP.