A group of NYC teachers that has been fighting against vaccine mandates finally saw a positive result in their cause after being turned down at the Southern District Federal Court in October.
A partial injunction was issued by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to 15 teachers who were sent home unpaid by the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) after their religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination were denied.
They will now be able to apply for their religious exemptions again through a different process.
Their attorney believes that the original process was unconstitutional, and feels that this win for them is very significant since it could set precedent for hundreds, if not thousands of other educators to re-apply for religious exemptions.
The hearing was broadcast in Foley Square on Nov. 11 as a group of religious leaders, activists, and citizens against vaccine mandates held a prayer vigil.