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A disgruntled judge lectures the New York City Police Department’s union about the vaccine mandate.

A disgruntled judge lectures the New York City Police Department's union about the vaccine mandate
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A disgruntled judge lectures the New York City Police Department’s union about the vaccine mandate. A judge in Staten Island refused a police union’s motion to temporarily block the city’s vaccination requirement, which is slated to go into force on first November.

The Police Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest police union, had argued in their request for a temporary restraining order on Monday that the policy does not make clear potential exceptions for medical or religious reasons, and that it does not provide unvaccinated officers with enough time to apply for such exemptions, as those appeals had to be submitted by Wednesday — one week after the mammogram.

They also mentioned that the department’s “Vax or Test” initiative has been successful in maintaining public health while also protecting individual medical decisions. “Today’s decision puts the city in a true predicament.” In a statement, PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said, “The haphazard implementation of this order has produced havoc in the NYPD.” “City Hall has provided no evidence that a vaccination mandate with a weekly testing option is insufficient to safeguard police officers and the general public, particularly while the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline.”

The union intends to appeal the decision as soon as possible. The NYPD could not be reached for comment right away. In court filings, the union described the demand as “arbitrary and capricious.” It is the first legal action launched against the requirement since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced it last week.

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Police officers, firefighters, and other municipal employees must receive their first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination by Friday or face being placed on unpaid leave. On December 1, correctional personnel on Rikers Island, a New York City jail with staffing shortages and dangerous circumstances, will be subject to the order.

The NYPD’s vaccination rate has trailed behind the rest of the city, at 73 percent as of Tuesday, compared to 78.2 percent of people in New York City who have been vaccinated. The PBA, which represents over 24,000 active NYPD officers, claims that vaccination is a personal medical decision. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 60 NYPD officers, and COVID-19 was the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers in 2020 and 2021.

Related:“You’re not bigger than covid” Florida Surgeon General thrown out of a meeting after refusing to wear mask.

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