Hundreds of firefighters, New York city government employees and their supporters protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate policy in front of the official residence of the mayor of New York on Thursday (28/10).
Police officers, firefighters, and most other city government employees must show proof that they have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Friday (10/29) at five o’clock in the afternoon. Previously, city government employees had enough evidence of a negative test to continue working.
Employees who do not comply will be given a sanction in the form of unpaid leave which will take effect from Monday (1/11).
As a result, the fire service in New York City said it was preparing to close 20 percent of its fire stations and 20 percent of its ambulance fleet out of service.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement that the New York Fire Service “will use all means possible, including mandatory overtime, mutual assistance from other emergency health care providers, and significant changes to members’ schedules to ensure continuity of operations.” [lt/em]