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The term of the vaccine in New York City extends to all workers in the city and includes a new $ 500 bonus, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio

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“Now it’s a mandate for all the agencies in the city, all the workers in the city. It’s time for everyone to get vaccinated,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC on Wednesday morning.

Previous efforts to encourage vaccination against Covid-19 did not result in enough city employees receiving shots, the mayor told CNN.

As of Wednesday, 46,000 New York City employees were not yet vaccinated, he said.

“For months and months (the vaccination was) purely voluntary,” Blasio told CNN.

“Then we said, get vaccinated or get tested; we tried it for a while. It helped us. It didn’t get us far enough. Now we say, here’s a warrant.”

Prior to Blasio’s announcement, all New York public school teachers and other members of the educational staff were you need to get vaccinated against the Covid-19.
New York City health workers were already required to be vaccinated against them the state vaccination mandate.

“Mandates work,” Blasio told CNN, citing 96% vaccination rates among educators and city health workers.

Other workers in the city had to be vaccinated or tested weekly. But now the test option will be removed.

“We will work with your union to find out what will happen next,” Blasio told MSNBC, noting that there are medical and religious accommodations. “But the bottom line is that we won’t pay people unless they’re vaccinated.”

However, at least one union: the New York City Police Charity Association, which represents about 24,000 police officers, will call for legal action against the warrant, its president said.

“Since the beginning of the random administration of the vaccine by the Blasio administration, we have fought to make the vaccine available to all members who choose it, while protecting their right to make this personal medical decision in consultation. with his own doctor, “union president Patrick Lynch said Wednesday in a statement.

“Now that the city has imposed itself to unilaterally impose a mandate, we will take legal action to protect the rights of our members.”

More than a quarter of uniformed NYPD and FDNY are not vaccinated

About 60 percent of New York Fire Department uniformed members had been vaccinated as of Wednesday, FDNY spokesman Jim Long said.

The overall New York Police Department vaccination rate was about 71 percent, NYPD Detective Annette Shelton said Wednesday.

More than a third of Chicago police officers challenge the city’s mandate to vaccinate

“Since the vaccines were available, we have encouraged our employees, especially those who have contact with the public, to get vaccinated,” Shelton said.

“We continue to offer vaccines available on several occasions and in various locations to ensure that as many of our employees as possible receive the vaccine.”

About 482 officers died due to the Covid-19 2020 i 2021, according to the Memorial Down Officer’s page.

De Blasio said Covid-19 has killed too many police officers.

“We have to protect them. This vaccine warrant allows us to do that,” de Blasio said.

Some New York City uniformed correctional officers will not need to be vaccinated immediately.

While civil servants of the Department of Correction (DOC) and uniformed members assigned to health centers they have until October 29 to start their vaccination, the deadline for uniformed DOC employees will be Dec. 1, “as the city works diligently to address the staffing situation on Rikers Island,” the New York government website said.

$ 500 to get the first shots at a city-run site

As of Wednesday, city employees who have not been vaccinated can earn an additional $ 500 in their salaries to receive the first shot at a city-administered vaccination site.

This benefit will end at 5pm on October 29, when all city workers, except some uniformed DOC employees, will need to have at least one dose of vaccine.

“Unvaccinated employees will be put on unpaid leave until they prove proof of vaccination to their supervisor.” the city government website dit.

City workers vaccinated before Wednesday will not be eligible for the new $ 500 bonus, Blasio told reporters Wednesday.

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