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Anti-Vax Protester Alleges NYC Fire Fighters Are Secretly Organizing Sick-Out Protests Over Vaccine

Anti-Vax Protester Alleges NYC Fire Fighters Are Secretly Organizing Sick-Out Protests Over Vaccine

Vaccine mandates are taking effect, including one affecting New York City firefighters, police, and other city workers. They aren’t all happy about it, and there have been protests and warnings that the mandate will result in a drastic loss of necessary emergency personnel.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND CITY HALL PA, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2021/10/25: Municipal workers of the city march across Brooklyn bridge and rally at City Hall Park against vaccination mandate. Municipal workers from New York Police Department, Sanitation Department, Fire Department, Department of Education, Department of Correction, Parks Department, City Health and Hospitals, Metropolitan Transit Authority and other city office workers mandated by mayor to get vaccinated against COVID-19 disease by November 1, 2021 or will be left out of work and out of a paycheck. More than 5 thousand protesters participated and they were joined by Republican Party mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Newsweek reported that as many as 1 in 5 firehouses in NYC might close due to the mandates — or rather, due to noncompliance, with over a quarter of firefighters still unvaccinated. Right-wingers have warned that the mandate will deprive the city of workers.

However, Resist Programming found an anti-vaxxer who says that in fact, firefighters he knows within the anti-vax community are staging sick-outs and skipping work in order to protest the mandate — suggesting that the firefighter shortages are being artificially manipulated for political goals.

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Michael Bruno, who Resist identifies as an anti-vax protestor, can be seen in this short clip describing the protests he says firefighters in his circle have been carrying out. He offers anecdotal evidence in the form of friend-of-a-friend stories of at least two firefighters who have called in sick to work.

“[They’re] organizing together to find ways to be out, whether it’s getting injured, sick, all these other things,” Bruno says, using a hand gesture to place air quotes around “injured” and “sick.”

A survey last December suggested over half of New York City firefighters would refuse the vaccine if mandates, ABC reported at the time. However, the fact that nearly two-thirds are now fully vaccinated suggests that the resistance has decreased, even if some are still protesting.

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