The forced vaccine mandate imposed on all city workers that is set to go into effect on the 1st of November may most possibly lead to a 20% shortage of both- ambulances on road, and fire companies in NYC.
According to the estimates drawn by the New York City Fire Department, the unit would face significant closures, with 20% fewer ambulances to run calls and 20% fewer fire companies available. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Thursday morning that the department will use all resources to ensure “continuity of operations.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate required all first responders in New York City to have at least the first shot of a vaccine regimen by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, or go on leave without pay starting tomorrow.
Nigro added that “The Department must manage the unfortunate fact that a portion of our workforce has refused to comply with a vaccine mandate for all city employees. We will use all means at our disposal, including mandatory overtime, mutual aid from other EMS providers, and significant changes to the schedules of our members. We will ensure the continuity of operations and safety of all those we have sworn oaths to serve.”
Meanwhile, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said there’s a “very real possibility” of an NYPD officer shortage once New York City’s new vaccine mandate for city workers takes effect. He said the department is planning for potential contingencies, such as overtime and double shifts, should hundreds or thousands of officers go on unpaid leave due to the mandate.