Nearly 200 municipal employees, local elected officials, and others assembled in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens on Tuesday to blast New York City Mayor Eric Adams regarding his “hypocritical” decision to keep a COVID vaccination mandate in place for them while letting professional athletes and performers off the hook.
The NYC workers called on Adams to offer city workers the same exemption he granted last week to unvaccinated players on New York sports teams and entertainers like musicians.
Maurice Wiggan, an FDNY firefighter, was fired last month because he refused to get vaccinated; ask Adams if he could still sleep at night with his one-sided order favoring athletes and performers over city workers.
“I’m sorry that our skillset is not entertaining, but on the contrary, the citizens of this great city call us on their worst days. We do not use our craft to entertain. We use our craft to protect life and property,” Wiggan said.
“Mayor Adams, how can you sleep at night taking such a hypocritical stance? What makes our craft less valuable than entertainers?” Wigan added.
Sources said due to the vaccine mandate of Adams, almost 1,500 city workers have been axed due to their refusal to comply with the municipal order, which requires all city employees to get at least two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.