New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday said all city workers will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, eliminating an option to get tested and building on prior mandates for teachers and health workers
The new mandate applies to roughly 160,500 workers and impacts police officers, firefighters and sanitation workers. The mandate will affect corrections officers working in health care settings, but not other workers until December 1, when Rikers Island staffing problems are addressed.
Workers have until October 29 by 5 p.m., to receive at least one dose. Workers who refuse will be put on leave until they are able to show proof of vaccination.
About 71% all impacted workers have had at least one dose. Any worker who is able to come forward for an initial dose of the vaccine will see $500 added to their paychecks.
” It’s time to get everyone vaccinated. “Our public employees will lead us out the COVID era,” Mr. de Blasio ,, a Democrat, said to MSNBC.
New York City has the strictest vaccine rules in the country, including a Key program that requires proof to enter restaurants and performance halls.
The new rules are likely to cause a conflict with labor unions that have sought a larger seat in negotiating the rules for vaccines in the city.
Patrick J. Lynch is the president of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York. He stated that on Oct. 6, the union would “continue to defend the rights of members who have not been vaccinated .”
New York City teachers in public schools and hospital workers have been subjected to mandates for vaccination since September. Each sector has a higher level of vaccination than 90%..
” You have the right to take unpaid leave. We will work with your union in order to determine what next. The bottom line is that we won’t pay people unless they get vaccinated,” Mr. de Blasio stated to MSNBC. They won’t lose their jobs. They can make corrections and come back. That’s a compassionate thing .”