Until now, Department of Education employees were the only group of NYC city workers mandated to take the COVID-19 jab.
On Wednesday, Mayor De Blasio announced the remaining city workforce would have the same COVID-19 jab requirement.
That includes cops and firefighters.
This is the moment where 300,000 city workers must make a decision on the mandate.
Will they comply?
Or, will they stand up to medical tyranny?
New York City will require all city workers to be vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks, a new mandate for the largest municipal work force in the U.S., Mayor Bill de Blasio said. https://t.co/9fI9W9M0in pic.twitter.com/P9e2bkGZqi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 20, 2021
"It's a mandate now for all city agencies, all city workers. It's time for everyone to get vaccinated. Our public employees are going to lead us out of the Covid era," NYC Mayor de Blasio says on the vaccine mandate for city workers. https://t.co/2eE3zcCfKy
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 20, 2021
De Blasio announced the testing option is no longer available.
The mayor also offered a $500 bribe for unvaccinated city workers to get their first COVID-19 injection by the end of next week.
"Mayor de Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate for New York City Workforce.
City employees to receive $500 incentive for first dose through next week."https://t.co/d7CoTrOTzc
— C.J. (@CJB3331) October 20, 2021
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a vaccine mandate for all city employees, including NYPD and FDNY. More than 160,000 workers must have at least one shot 11/1 or be placed on unpaid leave. There’s a $500 incentive for a first shot at city vax site by 10/29 at 5pm.
— Paul Gerke (@PaulGerke) October 20, 2021
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all City workers. Starting today, City employees will receive an extra $500 in their paycheck for receiving their first shot. This benefit will end at 5pm on Friday, October 29th, by which point City employees are required to have proof of at least one dose. Unvaccinated employees will be placed on unpaid leave until they show proof of vaccination to their supervisor.
Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi will sign a Commissioner’s Order today to formalize the mandate, which will immediately apply to approximately 160,500 City workers. Seventy-one percent of the workers affected by this mandate have already received at least one vaccine dose.
Department of Education (DOE) and New York City Health and Hospitals (H+H) workers have been subject to vaccination mandates since late September; today, vaccination rates at DOE and H+H are 96% and 95%, respectively. The new mandate is effective on November 1st to the entire municipal workforce, including all NYPD, FDNY, and DSNY employees. Civilian employees of the Department of Correction (DOC) and uniformed members assigned to healthcare settings are also immediately subject to the mandate. Other uniformed members at DOC will be subject to mandate effective December 1st, as the City works diligently to address the ongoing staffing situation at Rikers Island.
De Blasio’s tyrannical mandate will likely lead to a slew of lawsuits from unions representing the city workers.
New York City will require police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mandate ensures a fight with some of the unions representing them. https://t.co/C1bA0WL6TG
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 20, 2021
The police union that represents New York City police officers already vowed to take legal action against De Blasio.
The police union that represents New York City police officers is going to take legal action against the de Blasio administration over the recently announced vaccine mandate for the force.
The union says they are taking legal action "to protect our members' rights." https://t.co/GmvDTrjjfS
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) October 20, 2021
As witnessed earlier this week, some police officers have enforced the city’s mandate that bans unvaccinated patrons from indoor venues.
With the mandate now applied to NYPD, this is the moment where a decision must be made.
Comply with an unconstitutional mandate or stand up for individual liberty.
The New York Post reported:
The city workers — including firefighters and cops — will have to get their first shot by Nov. 1, sources told The Post.
Currently, only Department of Education staff are required to be vaccinated, but de Blasio has long considered extending the mandate to all 300,000 city workers.
The current vaccination rate among the city’s workforce stands at about 83 percent. That number is significantly lower among cops and firefighters.
The NYPD has a vaccination rate of 69 percent among its 55,000 cops and civilian members.
Pat Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association has said “the COVID-19 vaccine is a medical decision that members must make in consultation with their own healthcare providers.”