More than 2,000 New York City firefighters out sick as vaccine mandate takes effect

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Roughly 2,300 members of the New York City Fire Department claimed they had been sick and did not present as much as work on Monday as town’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal employees went into effect. 

All metropolis employees had been required to have acquired a minimum of one dose of the vaccine by October 29. City leaders suspect a lot of those that did not roll up their sleeves feigned sickness to keep away from being disciplined for failing to adjust to the well being requirement. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned final month that employees who did not get a minimum of their first shot by the deadline could be positioned on unpaid depart.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro mentioned on Monday that firefighters had loads of time to get vaccinated, and he implored those that have but to get jabbed to get their pictures to allow them to return to work. Normally, on any given day fewer than 1,000 division member could be out sick, he mentioned. The FDNY employs about 11,000 uniformed employees. 

New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro, seen right here with Mayor Bill De Blasio at a 2015 press convention in New York City, says it’s “completely unacceptable” for native firefighters to abuse medical depart to keep away from town’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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De Blasio additionally mentioned he believes that most of the 2,300 firefighters who referred to as in sick had been pretending to be sick and violating oaths they took to serve the general public. 

“This is something we don’t tolerate”

“We have every reason to believe we have a lot of people out there claiming they are sick when they are not,” de Blasio mentioned in a press convention Monday, noting there may very well be “real consequences” for workers who’re decided to have lied about their well being standing. “This is something we don’t tolerate.”

“It is imperative that everyone come to work and do their job. The taxpayers of this city rely on all of our public services, particularly our first responders,” the mayor added. 

Commissioner Nigro agreed that the surge in FDNY members on medical depart is tied to town’s vaccine mandate taking effect. To date, three-quarters of town’s firefighters are vaccinated, properly under the 91% rate for town’s 300,000 municipal employees as a complete. 

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“Since the mandate was issued, our medical leave spiked up and we know that,” Nigro mentioned, noting that roughly 700 folks a day visited the division’s medical office final week.

“The majority of them are unvaccinated. This is completely unacceptable,” he mentioned.

The widespread absences are usually not affecting the FDNY’s response instances as a result of firefighters who’re reporting for responsibility are choosing up additional shifts, Nigro mentioned. “Thanks to those stepping up to fill spots, our department is functioning quite well.”

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