With the vaccination deadline approaching, NYC's largest police union is suing for unvaccinated officers to continue working
- Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated city workers must receive one dose of a COVID-19
- The union's lawsuit argues that officers did not have enough time to seek vaccination exemptions.
With one week left to get vaccinated,
The union's lawsuit claimed the mandate does not contain enough protections for those with religious objections to getting vaccinated and argues that officers did not have enough time to seek such exemptions. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Wednesday that all municipal workers are required to receive at least one dose of a
"Vaccinations are critical to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. This mandate is a bold step that protects our families, friends, and communities, including those that are not yet eligible for the vaccine such as our city's youngest residents," said Melanie Hartzog, the city's deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.
PBA also said in the lawsuit that it opposes the current mandate because it does not allow for weekly COVID-19 testing in substitution of vaccination, an earlier approach that the union had "generally supported," according to the New York Times.
Nearly 70% of employees of the
Insider has reached out to PBA for comment.
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