With the vaccine mandate going into effect for all of NYC’s city workers today, a whopping 24,000 city workers will be forced to stay home, raising concerns about the impact on emergency response times in the five boroughs.
Forced to stay home without pay, hoards of city workers including law enforcement, FDNY, sanitation workers, and EMS employees are now going to be missing from the scene, due to the vaccine mandate put forth by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to the latest data from City Hall, despite a 14 percent bump in the number of city government workers who have gotten at least one shot since de Blasio announced the mandate on Oct. 20, thousands of others would still rather be placed on unpaid leave than get jabbed. That includes, roughly, more than 8,000 cops, 3,700 FDNY employees including smoke eaters and EMS, and nearly 2,000 sanitation workers. The latest data has shown that 91 percent of the city workforce has adhered to the mandate to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but that 24,200 were unvaxxed, as of 8 p.m. Saturday.
Thousands of unvaccinated NYPD employees will be allowed to continue to remain on the job, but only if they applied for medical or religious exemptions which will be reviewed by the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.