People march crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to protestation the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers successful New York City connected Oct. 25, 2021. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
New York City municipal workers protested successful the thousands connected Monday against a looming vaccine mandate arsenic the deadline looms for about 160,500 metropolis employees, including for archetypal responders, to get a archetypal dose of the COVID-19 jab.
The expanded mandate means a full of much than 300,000 metropolis employees volition beryllium deed with vaccine mandates by Nov. 1.
The thousands of protesters met successful Brooklyn earlier marching peacefully crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. They proceeded to City Hall successful Manhattan.
The protesters, including a ample beingness of constabulary and firefighters, carried ample American flags and aggregate signs and banners. “Workers are essential, mandates are not,” 1 motion reads. Another said, “No jab for my job.”
The protestation comes aft Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping mandate past week requiring the full municipal workforce to person astatine slightest 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1. The caller mandate replaced what was primitively a request to instrumentality the vaccine oregon beryllium tested weekly.
Each metropolis worker would besides person an other $500 successful their paycheck for receiving the archetypal changeable astatine a city-run tract earlier Oct. 29. Those who take not to instrumentality the vaccine “will beryllium placed connected unpaid permission [starting Nov. 1] until they amusement impervious of vaccination to their supervisor.”
The New York City authorities did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.
The Police Benevolent Association filed a lawsuit on the aforesaid time against the metropolis to halt the sweeping mandate, seeking to artifact the suit. The national argued that the metropolis had offered “no explanation, overmuch little a rational one, for the request to interruption autonomy and privateness of NYPD officers successful specified a terrible manner, connected the menace of termination,” reported the Gothamist.
De Blasio said past week that astir 46,000 metropolis workers of the 160,000 stay unvaccinated.
The mandate deadline of Oct. 29 does not use to uniformed correction officers. They person until Dec. 1 to person their archetypal shot, owing to an ongoing staffing shortage astatine Rikers Island.
Previously, lone staff nether the Department of Education and wellness workers were fixed the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
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