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.
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.
🚨 Conservatives has been blaming New York fire deaths on the vaccine mandate, but it turns out FDNY has been organizing to fake injuries and sick outs to protest the mandate according to anti-vax protester Michael Bruno who works with the husband of a New York firefighter. pic.twitter.com/oy10WB4NRc
— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) October 30, 2021
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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