New York City’s Largest Police Union Sues Over New COVID Vaccine Mandate

© AP Photo / Mark LennihanIn this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, New York Police Department officers in masks stand during a service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York to honor 46 colleagues who have died due to COVID-19 related illness.
In this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, New York Police Department officers in masks stand during a service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York to honor 46 colleagues who have died due to COVID-19 related illness. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.10.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The largest New York City Police Department union is suing the city over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, NYC Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement on Wednesday.
"From the beginning of the [Mayor Bill] de Blasio administration‘s haphazard vaccine rollout, we have fought to make the vaccine available to every member who chooses it, while also protecting their right to make that personal medical decision in consultation with their own doctor. Now that the city has moved to unilaterally impose a mandate, we will proceed with legal action to protect our members’ rights," Lynch said.
De Blasio announced on Wednesday that the city’s police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers need to get at least one vaccine dose by November 1 or be placed on unpaid leave.
As an incentive to get vaccinated, employees will receive an extra $500 in their paycheck if they get their first shot at a city-run vaccination site, the city said on Wednesday in a statement.
People gather during a protest against mandated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and vaccine passports, in New York City, U.S., September 27, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.10.2021
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Prior to Wednesday’s mandate, the city only had vaccine mandates for government education and health workers, who have achieved vaccination rates of 96% and 95%, respectively, according to the statement.
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