New NYC Council Member Barred From Chamber After Refusing To Show Vax Proof: “This Isn’t Nazi Germany”

NY1 reports:

City Council member Vickie Paladino told NY1 she’ll never disclose if she’s vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s just nobody’s business whether I am or not. See, it’s called medical freedom,” she said, stressing that she’s anti-mandate, not anti-vaccine.

“I don’t need to show you my papers. This is not Nazi Germany,” the newly elected Queens Republican said. That staunch refusal kept Paladino barred from the City Council chambers recently when the new class of 51 members chose Adrienne Adams as its speaker. Paladino cast her remote vote yards away in Minority Leader Joe Borelli’s office.

Paladino is not new to COVID-19 controversy. In December 2020, video of her in a maskless conga line at a local GOP holiday party was widely seen.

From the editorial board of the New York Daily News:

In a Twitter thread the new lawmaker was no doubt waiting eagerly to send, Paladino complained about “left-wing crybullies trying to keep a strong anti-mandate voice out of the Council chamber” before adding, somewhat dubiously, that she did not “want to make this day about me.”

She indicated that she would not willingly leave again, and instead would have to be removed going forward.

This silly stunt likely won’t have a real health impact on her Council colleagues, who are all vaccinated (and it’s not clear that Paladino isn’t), but an elected official taking such a stand erodes public trust in safe and effective vaccines, which are the only thing keeping the current omicron wave from wreaking more havoc on New York.