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More than 1,400 New York workers fired for refusing COVID vaccine


Mayor Eric Adams has fired more than 1,400 government workers who refused to be vaccinated, the city revealed Monday – including 36 NYPD staff, 25 fire department workers and 914 Department of Health workers. Education.

The number had dropped significantly by last Friday’s vaccination warrant deadline as more employees submitted proof of having received at least one vaccine, city hall officials said.

At one point last week, officials estimated 4,000 were on the chopping block.

The number then fell to around 3,400 – then to 1,430 layoffs, officials said.

In one category, there were 2,400 veteran employees on leave without pay who had not elected to extend their health insurance and had not provided proof of vaccination. In the end, 1,428 of those municipal workers failed to get shot and were fired.

Nearly 1,000 – or 40% – provided evidence that they had received at least one blow by the 11th hour and returned to work, officials said.

According to recent data, about 1,430 city workers have been fired for refusing to get a COVID shot.
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Meanwhile, 1,000 new employees hired from August last year initially failed to complete the necessary paperwork to get two injections. But in the end, only two failed to shoot and were fired, officials said.

Adams thanked the overwhelming majority of workers for being vaxxed.

“City workers have served on the front lines during the pandemic, and by getting vaccinated, they are once again showing how they are prepared to do what it takes to protect themselves and all New Yorkers. “, the mayor said in a statement.

More than 1,400 New York workers fired for refusing COVID vaccine
The vaccine mandate was initially imposed by former mayor Bill de Blasio, which Adams kept in place when he took office.
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“Our goal has always been to vaccinate, not quit, and city workers have stepped up and achieved their assigned goal. Of all the new city employees who received notices two weeks ago, only two who worked last week are no longer employed by the city.

“I am grateful to all city workers who continue to serve New Yorkers and ‘Get Stuff Done’ for the greatest city in the world.”

But some union leaders have said just one worker fired for a vaccination mandate is one too many.

More than 1,400 New York workers fired for refusing COVID vaccine
Mayor Eric Adams thanked city employees for complying with the mandate, saying the intent was never to fire them, but to vaccinate them.
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“Workers should not be fired. There are a lot of people who don’t believe in putting this stuff in their bodies,” said Harry Nespoli, president of the Uniformed Sanitation Men’s Association and head of the City Labor Council.

The beleaguered NYC Housing Authority lost 101 workers who refused to be vaccinated and 40 sanitation department employees were laid off, according to an agency chart provided by the city.

But that’s just the first set of shots – there could be many more.

More than 1,400 New York workers fired for refusing COVID vaccine
Of the 1,400 city employees laid off, only 25 were fire department employees.
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Another 13,044 city employees requested medical or religious accommodations or exemptions from the vaccination requirement.

More than half of these cases – 7,030 derogation requests – have been the subject of a decision.

Approximately 70% or 4,919 exemption requests were denied and 2,118 were approved. But workers can file an appeal.

More than 1,400 New York workers fired for refusing COVID vaccine
About 13,044 city employees have requested medical or religious accommodations or exemptions from the vaccination requirement, but not all cases have been approved.
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About 5,000 cops and 500 firefighters were among those who requested exemptions from the beatings for religious or medical reasons.

The vaccine mandate was initially imposed by former mayor Bill de Blasio, which Adams kept in place when he took office. Last fall, more than 10,000 workers failed to comply.

There are approximately 400,000 residents who work for government agencies in the city.

A federal judge on Friday gave the city the green light to weed out the anti-vaxxers.

New York Post

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