2,500 NYC Firefighters Haven’t Received COVID-19 Vaccine: De Blasio

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that astir 2,500 metropolis firefighters, oregon 23 percent of the city’s force, are not vaccinated connected Tuesday.

Speaking to CNN, the politician said that “we’re astatine astir 77 percent with firefighters vaccinated,” adding that determination is an unspecified fig of firefighters that person requested a aesculapian oregon spiritual exemption for the COVID-19. The Fire Department of New York reportedly employs astir 11,000 firefighters.

Those who are seeking exemptions volition beryllium capable to enactment portion officials reappraisal their cases, helium said successful effect to a question astir reports saying astir 2,300 firefighters called successful sick connected Tuesday to protestation against the mandate.

“When the determination is made, either you get an exemption oregon you got to get vaccinated. Once you’re astatine that mandate constituent it’s, get vaccinated oregon suffer your paycheck. It’s precise straightforward,” de Blasio said, adding that “92 percent of the workforce has done the close thing.”

De Blasio past said that each mayor, each CEO, and different officials crossed the United States should usage vaccine mandates, touting the orders arsenic a mode to boost vaccination rates.

Epoch Times Photo Firefighters rally against vaccine mandates extracurricular Mayor Bill de Blasio’s residence successful Manhattan, New York, connected Oct. 28, 2021. (Enrico Trigoso/The Epoch Times)

“People respond to the deadline, and this is what’s going to marque america safe. You got to bash it truthful that we tin really extremity the COVID era,” the politician claimed.

Last week, Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said that unvaccinated FDNY employees should study to enactment arsenic accustomed and defy the beryllium Blasio mandate for each metropolis employees. Firefighters who stay unvaccinated, helium added, consciousness slighted by the bid to either get the vaccine oregon look termination.

“I person told my members that if they take to stay unvaccinated, they indispensable inactive study for duty,” Ansbro told a quality conference. “If they are told they cannot work, it volition beryllium the section and metropolis of New York that sends them home. And it volition beryllium the section and the metropolis of New York that has failed to support the citizens of New York,” helium continued.

Police and firefighters successful caller weeks person joined the tens of thousands of protesters against the city’s mandates, including a protestation wherever demonstrators marched crossed the Brooklyn Bridge successful precocious October.

Amid staffing shortages, the FDNY said it plans to mitigate them by forcing mandatory overtime, canceling vacations, and reassigning employees to different roles. Over the weekend, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), who represents parts of the city, claimed that 26 firehouses had been forced to adjacent implicit the vaccine mandate.

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Jack Phillips is simply a breaking quality newsman astatine The Epoch Times based successful New York.

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