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The New York City Department of Education has fired another 850 teachers and aides for refusing to comply with its COVID vaccine mandate, bringing the total number of school staff terminated over the mRNA shots that have not prevented the spread of infection to 2,000.

Some 1,300 department employees agreed to comply with the vaccine mandate by September 5 after taking a year of unpaid leave with benefits, the New York Post reported. The department informed personnel they would have to be vaccinated by that date or be “deemed to have voluntarily resigned.”

According to the Post, department officials said 450 staff – about 225 teachers and 135 aides – obtained the shot by September 5 and have returned to work.

The remaining 850 employees were terminated.

The firing of the teachers comes as a massive teacher shortage has taken place in the United States after 280,000 teachers left the workforce in the wake of the pandemic.

WKBW reported in March that Jolene DiBrango, executive vice president of New York State United Teachers said about 180,000 teachers must be hired in the state over the next decade.

“The teacher shortage is definitely not looming anymore,” said Jolene DiBrango, the union’s executive vice president. “It is in a full-blown crisis mode.”

The latest teacher firings in New York City come as Joe Biden stated in a 60 Minutes interview that aired September 18, the “pandemic is over.”

“We still have a problem with COVID,” Biden said. “We’re still doing a lotta work on it … but the pandemic is over.”

“If you notice, no one’s wearing masks,” he added. “Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And, so, I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”… (Excerpt from The Virginia Star)

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