The policemen of New York Opponents of the vaccine received a setback when a judge denied their request to stop the city order that requires them to inoculate against the coronavirus and that takes effect tomorrow.
The Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the main law enforcement union, went to court last week in an attempt to overturn New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order that employees public are vaccinated.
The measure to force inoculations began in August with teachers and health workers, then spread to other agencies.
As Patrick Lynch, leader of the PBA, has warned on Twitter, this court ruling “prepares the city for a real crisis”, in reference to the fact that employees who are not vaccinated will be suspended from employment and salary until they prove otherwise.
“This not only violates the rights of police officers, it will inevitably result in fewer police officers available to protect our city,” assured.
Lynch has also warned that union attorneys will challenge the Long Island Supreme Court ruling today, where the case was filed.
The commissioner of the police, Dermot Shea, accepted that there is “a very real possibility” that this will happen when the mandate takes effect, and pointed out that the agency he leads is working on a plan for possible contingencies.
Meanwhile, firefighters who also refuse to be vaccinated will protest today in front of the mayor’s residence their order for the vaccine.
It has also emerged that the absence of these personnel could affect the operations of several stations and the ambulance service, attached to the Fire Department.
The head of that agency, Daniel Nigro, said he will make sure that his services are not affected, while the firefighters union asked its members to go to their jobs regardless of De Blasio’s order.
According to city data cited by the media, 68% of firefighters, 73% of police officers and 65% of cleaning workers are already vaccinated.