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Eric Adams keeps vaccination order, NYC teachers allegedly falsify evidence

Mayor Eric Adams said Friday he was “not at all considering” lifting the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for city workers — including dozens of school workers who allegedly provided fake vaccination records.

“I’m really disappointed to learn that there were fake vaccination cards,” Adams said at an independent news conference in Forest Hills, Queens. “Not only is this illegal, it undermines all of our trust.”

Dozens of teachers and other school staff were informed this week that they will be on unpaid leave from Monday to allow the Special Commissioner for Investigations and Law Enforcement to investigate their alleged fake vaccination records.

Teachers protest COVID-19 vaccination regulations on August 25, 2021.
Teachers protest COVID-19 vaccination regulations on August 25, 2021.
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Anti-vaccination teachers and other anti-vaccination groups gathered in Foley Square in New York City to protest the vaccination mandate on September 13, 2021.
Anti-vaccination teachers and other anti-vaccination groups gathered in Foley Square in New York City to protest the vaccination mandate on September 13, 2021.
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New York City Fire Department (FDNY) union members, municipal employees and others demonstrate during a protest against the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Union members from the New York City Fire Department, municipality employees and others demonstrate during a protest against the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates October 28, 2021 in Manhattan.
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“As I understand it, it is being investigated and we will see the result of the investigation,” Adams said on Friday.

The United Federation of Teachers has sent a letter to the city’s Department of Education, demanding that the affected members remain on the payroll while the investigation unfolds, citing “due process”.

Beth Norton, the union’s general counsel, requested a response from the DOE to the request by the end of Friday.

Mayor Eric Adams holds a press conference in Queens on April 22.
Mayor Eric Adams speaks at a news conference April 22, 2022 in Queens.
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Anti-vaccination teachers and other anti-vaccination groups gathered at Foley Square in New York City.
Adams expressed disappointment at the discovery that some New York teachers allegedly provided fake vaccination cards.
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“Should the DOE fail to comply with this request and due process, the UFT stands ready to pursue litigation to challenge the DOE’s improper actions,” the letter reads.

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