City officials have ordered mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for all public sector employees, including police and firefighters.
Nearly 9,000 New York City employees must take unpaid leave because they refuse compulsory vaccination against COVID-19. The Associated Press reported this on Tuesday night.
City officials have ordered mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for all public sector employees, including police and firefighters. The commitment went into effect on Monday, November 1.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that “unvaccinated employees will take unpaid leave until they show their supervisor their vaccination certificate.”
De Blasio wrote on Twitter Monday that 91 percent of city employees can already be vaccinated. At the same time, he thanked everyone who did so.
The AP reports that workers from some key sectors, such as the police or firefighters, are expressing dissatisfaction with the mandatory vaccination regulation. A New York labor union representing police officers sued the regulation.
Thousands of firefighters in the city reported being absent due to an inability to work, which, according to the Associated Press, expresses their dissatisfaction with the measure. Fire Department chief Daniel Negro said 18 of New York’s 350 firearms were out of order and many others were understaffed.
According to Negro, the firefighters who reported his inability to work asked him to reconsider their decision. Their absence will affect the townspeople and the colleagues who will have to replace them.
According to de Blasio, the city is taking action against employees who do not have reasonable grounds for not being able to work.
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