New York City teachers and other education staff have been placed on unpaid leave for allegedly using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, according to a teacher's union.
The UFT general counsel, Beth Norton, decried the allegations saying that "it is wholly improper for the [Department of Education] to unilaterally remove UFT members from the payroll based on mere conjecture that vaccination documentation is fraudulent," according to a letter that was sent to the Department of Education.
During a news conference, New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed the controversy. Allegations about fake vaccine cards are under investigation, he said.
Former Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school staff and other city employees in the fall of 2021, triggering several legal challenges.
The Department of Education did not give an exact number for how many teachers and school staff were placed on leave.
“We immediately moved to put these employees—fewer than 100—on leave without pay,” he said Thursday.
Michael Kane, who heads Teachers for Choice—a group that opposes COVID-19 vaccine mandates—said that such regulations cause people to "get desperate."
“It’s not surprising when people’s entires lives are threatened that they get desperate,” he told the New York Post. “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,” he continued, referring to Adams' recent exemption for unvaccinated professional athletes and performers.
The Epoch Times has contacted the Department of Education for comment.