They’re making an attempt to show the town a lesson.
Hundreds of individuals — most of them Department of Education staffers — protested the company’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate because it went into impact on Monday.
The crowd gathered exterior DOE headquarters in Brooklyn, waving American flags and holding indicators that learn “My Body My Choice,” “We gave everything and now we’re nothing” and “Choice not Mandates.”
“I just think this should be a personal choice,” one veteran Brooklyn particular training instructor informed The Post.
“The most distressing thing is that we were told we were essential last year and now we’re just nothing.”
Teachers, paraprofessionals and different DOE workers on the rally stated that they had been formally positioned on unpaid go away with medical insurance after refusing to get the jab.
Others stated they have been nonetheless being paid, however weren’t being allowed of their colleges as their non secular or medical exemption requests are nonetheless being thought-about.
Some 4,000 DOE staffers, together with 2,000 educators, have been nonetheless unvaccinated as courses began Monday morning, based on the United Federation of Teachers. They will now be positioned on unpaid go away or have the choice to depart the DOE with severance.
About 18,000 vaccine doses got to public college employees since Friday, bringing the variety of vaccinated lecturers and employees to 97 p.c. Those who obtained a shot over the weekend have been allowed to return to highschool Monday.
Some DOE staffers on the rally stated they knew of colleagues who had solely gotten the jab as a result of they couldn’t afford to lose paychecks and had households to fret about.
The crowd swelled to the purpose that automobiles have been unable to journey down Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn till cops opened up the block.
Some honked their horns in help of the protest, whereas a number of shouting matches broke out between the protesters and passersby who backed the vaccine mandate. Police needed to step in a number of occasions, although not one of the arguments escalated past yelling and close-range finger-pointing.
“You people are nuts!” yelled a person in a Knicks hat throughout one confrontation. “It’s not just about you!”