The NYC DOE is placing dozens of educators on unpaid leave as they investigate the Covid vaccination cards they submitted as being real or fake.
NYC has been one of the strictest states when it comes to Covid vaccination requirements. One such profession that they deemed necessary to get the Covid jab or get fired is educators. Ever since the vaccine cards became a thing we’ve seen so many stories about people faking their vaccination status in order to not get fired while maintaining medical autonomy over their own bodies.
Now dozens of NYC educators are being accused of using fraudulent vaccination cards in order to around the unconstitutional and intrusive laws that NYC has put into place to control the citizens.
School spokesperson Nathaniel Styer said, “Fraudulent vaccination cards are not only illegal, they also undermine the best line of protection our schools have against COVID-19 – universal adult vaccination. We immediately moved to put these employees – fewer than 100 – on leave without pay.”
According to the United Federation of Teachers, approximately 70 of its members were contacted by the DOE (Department of Education).
“We are reviewing appropriate legal action to potentially challenge the DOE’s unilateral action in removing these employees from payroll,” the union said in a statement.
All educators suspected of providing fake Covid vaccination cards will be put on unpaid leave starting Monday.
The educators who are affected by this were notified via email when Spring break began to not return to school.
“I’m really disappointed to learn there were fake vaccination cards. Not only is it illegal, it undermines our entire trust,” Mayor Eric Adams said.
“Fraudulent vaccination cards are not only illegal, they also undermine the best line of protection our schools have against COVID-19 — universal adult vaccination,” said Nathaniel Styer, a spokesperson for the department. “We immediately moved to put these employees — fewer than 100 — on leave without pay,” he said.
“It is wholly improper for the DOE to unilaterally remove UFT members from the payroll based on mere conjecture that vaccination documentation is fraudulent,” Beth Norton, general counsel at the United Federation of Teachers, wrote to the DOE.
Norton wrote in a letter to the Education Department that some staffers are already saying they were wrongly accused. The unpaid leave violated “the basic notion of due process,” the union argued.
The unconstitutional mandate put in place by the DOE last October saw approximately 8,000 employees refusing to get the vaccine. As is their right. All of the unvaccinated employees had the option to take a yearlong unpaid leave to preserve their positions at the agency and health benefits, but in return had to waive their rights to sue for wrongful termination. Employees could also apply for an exemption based on religious beliefs or a medical condition.
Roughly 700 unvaccinated DOE staffers who declined to take the unpaid leave and failed to win an exemption were fired in February.
The DOE didn’t provide an updated figure of how many unvaccinated staffers remain on unpaid leave or received an exemption to the mandate.
“It’s not surprising when people’s entires lives are threatened that they get desperate,” said Michael Kane, who heads Teachers for Choice, a group that opposes COVID vaccine mandates as a prerequisite to teach or attend school.
“It’s a shame that these individuals’ names aren’t Kyrie Irving or someone else who’s in a more powerful position because it really seems like these mandates are turning into a class war,” said Kane, referring to Mayor Eric Adams’ controversial vaccine exemption for pro athletes and performers.
Yes, the NYC mayor thinks it perfectly fine and reasonable to shame and fire educators, sanitation workers, or other public servants for not receiving the Covid vaccine but professional athletes and performers don’t have to put their health in jeopardy.
Why? Why is it that these performers are exempt from the same rules as us peasants?
On March 24 Adams signed his executive order into effect effective that day.
“Being healthy is not just about being physically healthy, but being economically healthy,” he said.
Adams also prefaced his announcement by saying: “I’m going to make some tough choices. People are not going to agree with some of them. I must move this city forward.
“Generals lead from the front. I was not elected to be fearful, but to be fearless.”
Among those who blasted Adams’s decision was the city’s next-highest elected official, fellow Democrat and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams of Queens, who voiced “serious concerns” over what she called “a step away from following sensible, public health-driven policies that prioritize equity.
Just the elite doing what the elite do. Making rules for thee and not for me.