26G workers in New York could be put on unpaid leave on Monday for a vax tenure, city figures show
More than 26,000 city workers – including police, firefighters and sanitation workers – could be put on unpaid leave on Monday, when New York City implements its mandate that virtually all of its employees have at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to city figures released Saturday.
89% of the city’s workforce was vaccinated on Saturday, up from 84% on Tuesday, according to city figures.
Yet a total of 26,600 municipal workers have still not been vaccinated, according to the figures. The numbers represent a significant drop from a few days earlier, when 46,300 city workers did not receive at least one vaccination on Tuesday, the figures showed.
“We have issued a vaccination warrant against # COVID19 and our numbers have stepped up,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Friday evening.
All city workers were required to show proof of at least one vaccination by 5 p.m. Friday, or be placed on unpaid leave from Monday.
The NYPD saw its vaccination rate jump to 84% on Friday, from 70% on Tuesday, according to the figures.
The FDNY has 72% of its ranks inoculated on Friday, up from 58% on Tuesday.
EMS increased from 61% to 84% during this period.
The city’s sanitation department has grown from 62% to 77% during that time, according to the figures.
FDNY firefighters call the sick
Meanwhile, FDNY commissioner Daniel A. Nigro criticized firefighters who were protesting the vaccine mandate using paid sick leave.
“Excessive sick leave from a group of our firefighters because of their anger at the vaccination mandate for all city employees is unacceptable, contrary to their oaths to serve, and may endanger the lives of New- Yorker, âNigro said in a statement.
Firefighters are going on medical leave, which has led to companies being temporarily shut down, firefighters said. The ministry has not closed any fire stations.
âDespite these actions by some, the department will continue to respond to all appeals for help that come our way,â said Nigro.
Elsewhere, a federal appeals court lifted the temporary restraining order that barred New York state from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers who requested religious exemptions.
The U.S. appeals committee upheld the state’s immunization mandate for healthcare workers on Friday, dismissing arguments from lawyers for doctors, nurses and other professionals that it did not adequately protect people with disabilities. religious objections.
The decision of the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a ruling by an upstate judge who temporarily blocked vaccination requirements on the grounds that the warrant ignored exemptions religious.
In a brief order, a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit also upheld the decision of a Brooklyn judge who found the constitutional warrant.
Attorney Cameron Lee Atkinson, who has argued before the appeals board, said on Friday he was already drafting an appeal for the United States Supreme Court. Earlier Friday, that court dismissed an appeal for a similar warrant in Maine that also does not allow a religious exemption.
âThe New York mandate imposes an abominable choice on New York health care workers: give up their faith or lose their careers,â he said.
Atkinson named three plaintiffs, all nurses, who he said refused to be vaccinated and “refused to buy one-way tickets to hell on Hysteria Express.”
Governor Kathy Hochul welcomed the court’s decision.
âOn day one, I made a commitment as governor to fight this pandemic and take bold action to protect the health of all New Yorkers,â Hochul said in a statement. “I welcome the findings of the Second Circuit affirming our mandate as the country’s first vaccine, and I will continue to do everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe.”
The number of viruses in LI and NY continues to drop
Long Island and the state continued their downward trend in several important areas such as hospitalizations and people in intensive care, according to state figures released on Saturday.
Statewide, the number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 fell from 49 to 1,864 on Friday, according to new figures.
The number of people in intensive care has dropped from 14 to 455, according to the figures.
The seven-day average percentage of infections was 2.10% in Long Island on Friday, tied with the results of the past few days. This marked a sharp decrease from the summer push when the spread of the delta variant drove that figure to over 4%.
Nassau County saw 197 new cases and Suffolk recorded 283, for a total of 480 – a significant drop from the summer outbreak where cases here were regularly double.
New York City has registered 834 new cases.
Thirty-two New Yorkers died of illness linked to the virus on Friday, including three in Nassau and six in Suffolk, state figures show.
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