NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) - A New York judge has temporarily
blocked New York City from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine
mandate for public-sector workers.
In an order on Tuesday, Justice Frank Nervo of the New York
state court in Manhattan said the prohibition will remain in
place pending a Dec. 14 hearing to consider a formal restraining
order. He has not ruled on the mandate's merits.
Nervo's order came soon after Mayor Bill de Blasio said New
York City would also require https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/new-york-city-mandates-vaccines-all-private-businesses-omicron-spreads-2021-12-06
private-sector workers to be vaccinated by Dec. 27, a
mandate affecting about 184,000 businesses.
The city had on Oct. 20 announced https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-city-require-covid-19-vaccinations-all-public-employees-wsj-2021-10-20
the vaccine mandate for its approximately 160,000 public-sector
employees, a group that includes police, firefighters and
Vaccinations had been mandated in September for city
teachers and healthcare workers, and most have been vaccinated.
Danielle Filson, the mayor's press secretary, said on
Twitter the public-sector mandate had not been blocked, and that
Nervo would not decide until the hearing.
About 94% of the city's 378,000 employees are vaccinated, up
from 86% in late October, the mayor's office said on Monday.
"Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic," de Blasio
said on Monday. His successor, Eric Adams, takes office in
Most courts have rejected legal challenges to various
vaccine mandates imposed in New York City and state.
A federal appeals court in New Orleans last month put on
President Joe Biden's nationwide vaccine mandate for companies
with at least 100 workers.
Biden, de Blasio and Adams are Democrats.
The lead plaintiff in the public-sector mandate case is
Anthony Marciano, a police detective on the force for 10 years.
He said he has natural immunity after recovering from
COVID-19 and that requiring him to get vaccinated violated his
constitutional and civil rights.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Lisa