Mayor de Blasio indicates COVID vaccine mandate for civil service employees could be next
Now that New York City courts have confirmed again and again that the city can mandate COVID-19 vaccines from its employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that firefighters, corrections officers and police officers could be next.
De Blasio said that over the next few days, he'll be turning to "all the other pieces of the puzzle."
NYPD Commissioner Patrick Shea said he would be supportive of a vaccine mandate for civil service employees.
"Everything is about doing things in a particular manner, if you want to get the best outcomes. So, that's what we're examining right now. And again, when we're ready to say it, when we believe we have something, whatever the approach is, we will," said Shea.
In contrast, Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, released a statement Wednesday saying in part, "The COVID-19 vaccine is a medical decision that members must make in consultation with their own health care providers. We have pushed to make the vaccine available to all members who seek it, and we will continue to protect the rights of members who are not vaccinated."
Currently, civil service employees must either be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test every seven days. Even without the mandate, Commissioner Shea says 68% of the NYPD workforce is vaccinated.
59% of the FDNY and only 49% of corrections officers have gotten at least one shot, while the city reported that 83% of all adults in the five boroughs have gotten at least one shot.
While Commissioner Shea says he would support a vaccine mandate for the NYPD, he also said he did not want the police department to have a different policy than other agencies.
When FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro was asked about a mandate on Wednesday, he said he would support it, telling reporters he thinks it is time.