Protesters gathered outside the Department of Education (DOE) in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday, October 4, to protest New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school employees.
This footage filmed by Brendan Gutenschwager shows scenes outside the building on Monday. Police are seen setting up barricades along the sidewalk ahead of the protest that saw dozens of people chanting in opposition to requiring COVID-19 vaccines.
The mandate, which was initially set to take effect on September 27, prompted a legal battle between the city and a group of teachers who opposed the requirement, NY1 reported.
The mandate was upheld by the Supreme Court on October 1, according to New York City Commissioner of Health Dave Chokshi.
According to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, more than 95 percent of full-time DOE employees have been administered the vaccine, local media reported. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful