Nine in 10 New York City municipal workers received COVID-19 vaccinations as a Monday deadline loomed under a city mandate, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Under a city mandate, those who haven’t received at least one dose of the vaccine will be put on unpaid leave starting Monday, raising the possibility of shortages of police, fire, and EMS workers. New York has more than 300,000 employees.
The police department, which employs about 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilian employees, reported an 84% vaccination rate as of Sunday morning, while roughly two in 10 of the fire department’s roughly 17,000 employees remained unvaccinated as of Friday night. Updated fire department figures were expected later Sunday. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro denied reports that some firehouses had been closed due to shortages. “The department has not closed any firehouses,” Nigro said in a statement Sunday. “Irresponsible bogus sick leave by some of our members is creating a danger for New Yorkers and their fellow firefighters. They need to return to work or risk the consequences of their actions.”
Hold the Line:" THIRD of NYC Firehouses will SHUT if vaccine mandate goes through – huge protest swellsPresident of the staff association for the NY Fire Department (FDNY) Andrew Ansbro has told Fox News that 30-40% of NYC's firehouses will be forced to shut down if the vaccine pic.twitter.com/HQPeU2mamO
— roaddog1984 (@ComMotley) October 29, 2021
The fire department has said it was prepared to close up to 20% of its fire companies and have 20% fewer ambulances in service while also changing schedules, canceling vacations, and turning to outside EMS providers to make up for expected staffing shortages.
To those opposing vax mandates because "the pandemic is already over": You're making a dangerous assumption.
Yes our #'s are thankfully moving in the right direction. But there's so much we don't know about where this is headed (look no further than the current wave in the UK).
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) October 30, 2021
Mayor De Blasio said the sanitation department will move to 12-hour shifts, as opposed to the usual 8-hour shifts, and begin working Sundays to ensure trash doesn’t pile up.
Mandates work, yet again.
— Eric Umansky (@ericuman) October 31, 2021
Mayor De Blasio tweeted Saturday night that 91% of city workers had received the vaccine, which represented a jump from about 83% as of Friday night.
BREAKING: 91% of City workers are now vaccinated. 2,300 more workers got the shot today alone.
They’re delivering for their communities every day, and we’re not done yet.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 31, 2021