New York City mayor Eric Adams has called on nearly 4,000 unvaccinated municipal workers including cops and firefighters to get vaccinated by February 11 or they will lose their jobs.
Adams said getting vaccinated is all about safety and COVID can kill.
“Safety is not only to stop the bullet, a knife or some other item. Safety is COVID. COVID is taking lives,” Adams said.
“There must be rules, and we must follow them. The rule is to get vaccinated if you are a city employee,” Adams added.
Sources said the estimated 4,000 workers at risk of getting the boot to fall into two categories.
The first category comprises about 1,000 workers hired after Aug. 2 — the date when former Mayor Bill de Blasio first announced the municipal mandate — who have yet to present proof of receiving a second vaccine dose.
The remaining nearly 3,000 are unvaccinated and have been on unpaid leave since Nov. 1 without receiving city-provided health benefits.
Meanwhile, Adams on Monday called on workers who refused to get vaccinated must get a waiver for exemption.
“Put in for a waiver, put in if you for some reason can’t comply and we’ll look at it,” he said.
Workers can refuse to get vaccinated and get a waiver instead if their reasons are all about health or religion.