Judge Denies NYPD Union’s Bid To Block Vax Mandate

The New York Daily News reports:

A Staten Island judge denied a request Wednesday from the city’s largest police union to block Mayor de Blasio’s COVID vaccine mandate from going into effect.

The Police Benevolent Association had argued that the NYPD’s “vax or test” program, which requires unvaccinated officers to get tested weekly, was sufficient to protect against the spread COVID-19. The mandate, the union representing rank and file cops argued, violated officers’ bodily autonomy.

City workers who fail to get vaccinated before Friday’s deadline will be placed on unpaid leave and could be terminated. “Today’s ruling sets the city up for a real crisis. The haphazard rollout of this mandate has created chaos in the NYPD,” PBA President Patrick Lynch [photo] said in a statement.

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