NYPD And FDNY Protest Vax Mandate Outside Mayor’s Home, 19K First Responders Unvaxed On Deadline Eve

Gothamist reports:

More than 19,000 of New York City’s first responders have yet to comply with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the eve of its deadline.

As of Wednesday, 86% of the city’s 378,000 municipal workers have received at least one dose, according to the mayor’s office. That’s only a 2 percentage point increase since the mayor first announced the mandate a week ago. The number includes education workers and public health care workers, who were already required to get the shot by early October.

The mayor has ordered all city workers to receive at least one dose by 5 p.m. Friday, eliminating the previous alternative of weekly testing. Beginning on Monday, city employees who have not received shots will be sent home without pay.

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