NYPD union offer to stop COVID vaccine mandate denied; policy will come into effect on November 1 – .

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NYPD union offer to stop COVID vaccine mandate denied; policy will come into effect on November 1 – .


Staten Island judge denied that a police union request for temporary shutdown the implementation of the city’s vaccination mandate, which is due to come into force on November 1.
The Police Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest police union, argued in its request for a temporary restraining order on Monday that the policy does not clearly provide for potential exceptions for medical or religious reasons, and does not give unvaccinated officers enough time to request such exemptions, as those appeals must have been submitted by Wednesday – one week after the warrant was announced.

Additionally, they noted that the department’s “Vax or Test” program has been effective in ensuring public health while simultaneously ensuring the confidentiality of individual medical decisions.

“Today’s decision is preparing the city for a real crisis. The haphazard deployment of this mandate has created chaos in the NYPD, ”PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement. “City Hall has given no reason that a vaccine warrant with a weekly testing option is no longer enough to protect police and the public, especially as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline. “

The union plans to file an immediate appeal against the decision. The NYPD could not immediately be reached for comment.

The union called the mandate “arbitrary and capricious” in court documents. This is the first such legal action against the warrant since it was announcement last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The policy requires that police, firefighters and other municipal workers receive at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave. Correctional officers on Rikers Island – a New York City jail that struggles with staff shortages and unsafe conditions – will go under warrant on December 1.

The NYPD vaccination rate lags behind the rest of the city – on Tuesday, the NYPD vaccination rate is 73%, compared to 78.2% of adults who were vaccinated in New York City. The PBA, which represents more than 24,000 current NYPD agents, maintains that getting the vaccine is a personal medical decision.

The NYPD has approximately 36,000 agents and approximately 19,000 civilian employees.

More than 60 NYPD employees have died from COVID-19 and, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for law enforcement officials in 2020 and 2021.

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