Thursday, December 2

Latina Judge Ratifies Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for New York Police and Firefighters; chaos alert for staff shortages

NYPD officer with mask on Park Av., Manhattan.

Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy

Lizette Colon, Supreme Justice of Staten Island (NYC), yesterday refused to block a mandate for a mandatory COVID vaccine that will take effect tomorrow for the city’s municipal workforce, including firefighters and police officers.

In doing so, Columbus denied the request for a temporary restraining order from the Benevolent Association (PBA), the New York’s largest police union, which in turn has the largest public security force in the country (NYPD).

The judge ruled that the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate may go into effect tomorrow, as scheduled. He also ordered city officials to appear in court on November 12 to defend the requirement against a union lawsuit that seeks to declare vaccination illegal.

Patrick Lynch, head of PBA, said that union lawyers will be in court Thursday to appeal failure. “The PBA will continue to fight and immediately appeal this ruling, but New Yorkers need to know who to blame for any deficits in city services: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Shea and the other bureaucrats who are putting politics before public health. and public safety. Today’s ruling prepares the city for a true crisis. The fortuitous deployment of this mandate has created chaos in the NYPD, ”he warned. it’s a statement.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea admitted yesterday that there is a “very real possibility” of NYPD officer shortage once New York City’s new vaccine mandate for municipal workers goes into effect. Said your department is planning possible contingencies, such as overtime and double shifts, in case hundreds or thousands of officers leave Licence without any salary due to the mandate. This, while NYC is mired in a wave of youth violence, especially linked to gangs.

A similar emergency is expected among firefighters and ambulance personnel. FDNY is preparing for an absence from work of up to 20%, reported New York Post. Yesterday the department said that only 65% ​​of its firefighters, officers and paramedics (EMS) had been vaccinated, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order that all city workers receive at least one dose or will face suspension. without pay since Monday.

Also yesterday, a federal appeals panel presiding over another case related to the immunization mandate appeared to support arguments that a New York State vaccine mandate for healthcare workers does not violate their constitutional rights even though it does not provide religious exemptions, he said Pix11.

Since late September, all NY State health, school and nursing home employees are required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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