1,400 NYC Workers Fired Over COVID Vaccine Mandate

February 15, 2022

New York has fired 1,430 city workers for failing to comply with the city government’s vaccination order.

Mayor Eric Adams said layoff notices were sent to workers on Friday, most of whom have been on unpaid leave for months. New York Times reported. Of the dismissed employees, about 900 people worked in the city education department, 100 people in the city housing and communal services department, and 36 people in the police department.

Adams said about 95% of the city’s 370,000 workers received at least one dose of the vaccine by Friday’s deadline, up from 84% when then-Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the mandate last October. Time said. The newspaper reported that about 9,000 other workers were still unvaccinated and were seeking exemption from vaccination.“Our goal has always been to vaccinate, not eradicate, and city workers stepped up and delivered on their goal,” Adams said in a statement released Monday. The workers faced a Friday deadline with receiving their first dose of the vaccine unless they were hired. New employees were expected to receive two shots of the two-dose vaccine or one shot of the single-dose vaccine by Friday. Only two new hires were among the group that received layoff notices.

In recent days, the number of employees facing layoffs has declined. Until Friday, the vaccination deadline, about 4,000 workers still had to be vaccinated. Time said. Trade unions of city employees complained about the layoffs.

“Workers should not be fired. There are a lot of people who don’t believe in putting these substances into their bodies,” said Harry Nespoli, president of the Association of Uniformed Orderlies and head of the municipal labor council.¬†New York Post. Time said the action was probably the largest mass layoff of municipal employees due to the COVID vaccine mandate.

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