Thousands Of NYC Workers On Unpaid Leave Over Vaccine Mandate

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By Associated Press

and Joshua Senegal
November 2, 2021

Mandate opponents demonstrated successful Staten Island Monday night, and thousands of firefighters called retired sick successful an evident protestation of the requirement.

About 9,000 New York City municipal workers were enactment connected unpaid permission for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that took effect Monday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said astir 9 successful 10 metropolis workers covered by the mandate person been vaccinated and determination person been nary disruptions to metropolis services arsenic a effect of staffing shortages. New York has much than 300,000 metropolis employees.

Coronavirus vaccine mandate opponents demonstrated successful New York City's Staten Island connected Monday night, and thousands of metropolis firefighters called successful sick successful an evident protestation implicit the requirement.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firehouses remained unfastened but 18 of the department's 350 units were retired of work and "many units are understaffed."

The caput of the firefighters national says the mandates aren't needed astatine each since New York's COVID numbers person been steadily falling for weeks.

About 12,000 metropolis workers applied for spiritual oregon aesculapian exemptions from getting vaccinated. Those workers volition beryllium allowed to enactment connected the occupation portion their applications are being reviewed.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.