City to require vaccine for cops, firefighters, municipal workers

New York City will require police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, giving an ultimatum to public employees who have refused and ensuring a fight with some of the unions representing them.

The decision, which removes the option of regular testing, applies to 160,500 city employees. An estimated 71% of workers affected by the new mandate have already received one dose of the vaccine, according to the mayor’s office.

“As we continue our recovery for all of us, city workers have been a daily inspiration. Now is the time for them

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