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Last-minute shots shrink ranks of unvaccinated New York City cops, firefighters as mandate kicks in

Nov 01, 2021

A rush of eleventh-hour inoculations sharply reduced the number of New York City emergency responders who had failed to meet the city’s coronavirus vaccination requirement as it began to be enforced on Monday, officials said.

The vaccination rate for all city employees, including police officers and firefighters, rose to 91 per cent from 86 per cent late last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said over the weekend on Twitter.

On Oct. 20, de Blasio ordered the city’s 50,000 uniformed services workers, including emergency medical and sanitation employees, to have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by late Friday afternoon.

Enforcement of the mandate in the city of 8.8 million people was set to start on Monday. De Blasio said that employees reporting for duty who had failed to get immunized would not be paid.

Union officials said last week at least one-third of firefighters and police officers were unvaccinated, and predicted worker shortages as a result. The mandate eliminated a COVID-19 testing alternative that they said had worked well.

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