By Ivan Maltsev
The corresponding order will affect 46 thousand unvaccinated city employees.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will oblige all municipal employees of the metropolis to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, the corresponding order he plans to issue on the same day.
It will affect 46 thousand unvaccinated city employees, who could regularly take and submit PCR tests as an alternative to vaccination until today. By order of the mayor, this alternative will be canceled as it became known to the publication. These employees of city services will be asked to get their first vaccination by October 29 or prepare for dismissal, the newspaper writes, citing the words of an unnamed representative of the mayor’s office.
In total, the new requirement will affect 160.5 thousand municipal employees of New York, 71% of whom have already received at least one vaccination against coronavirus infection. Among them, 70% of New York police officers, 60% of the city’s fire services, and 96% of teachers and employees of city schools.
As an anonymous interlocutor of the newspaper told, Persistent opponents of vaccination will first be asked to go on unpaid leave. Then their fate will be decided in negotiations between the city authorities and trade unions representing the interests of these employees.
For some municipal employees, the deadline for the first vaccination will be postponed in time, taking into account certain features of their work. So, for example, for 8 thousand employees of city correctional institutions, this date will be December 1.
The publication clarifies that the order will provide for exemptions from vaccinations for religious or medical reasons.