Vaccine mandate for other NYC agencies could come soon
As the first week of the vaccine mandate for Department of Education employees reaches its conclusion, other city agencies will start facing the question of whether or not they are next to require vaccination among their employees.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday in a news conference that it’s “a very strong possibility.” De Blasio says that now that the courts are in support of the vaccine mandate for DOE staff members, the FDNY, NYPD, and other agencies could be next to see mandates.
As of today, 68% of the NYPD active workforce is currently vaccinated, while 59% of the FDNY is vaccinated. And 49% of corrections officers have gotten at least one shot.
The current rule for these employees is that they either need to be vaccinated or can opt to have a negative COVID-19 test every seven days. FDNY Commissioner Nigro said Wednesday in an interview that “it’s time for our FDNY members to be mandated.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has stated he would support a vaccine mandate as well. However, Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association released a statement that in part stated that the vaccine “is a medical decision that members must make in consultation with their own health care providers,” emphasizing that the union will “continue to protect the rights of members who are not vaccinated.”