MIL-OSI USA: Malliotakis: De Blasio’s Vaccine Mandate May Cause Shortage of First Responders, Make New Yorkers Less Safe

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to extend the city’s vaccine mandate to cover all municipal workers, including members of the NYPD, FDNY, and Emergency Medical Services. The city’s mandate, which is set to take effect October 29, currently does not include a testing option.

“In an effort to protect New Yorkers from COVID-19, Mayor de Blasio’s mandate may lead to a shortage of first responders that would make our city more vulnerable to crime, fires, and other emergency situations,” said CongresswomanMalliotakis. “At a time when crime is skyrocketing, our city simply cannot afford to lose experienced detectives and police officers. We’ve already lost seasoned members of the force because of anti-police policies and rhetoric coming out of City Hall and this mandate will surely lead to more retirements across the department. Likewise, a shortage of potentially thousands of firefighters would result in longer response times. I don’t believe the Mayor has fully thought through the consequences of this directive, including the increased potential for death in emergency situations.”

As of October 19, the overall NYPD vaccination rate was 71%. The FDNY says only 60% of its uniformed workforce, including firefighters and EMS workers, are vaccinated, with the same rate of vaccination for sanitation workers. This mandate could lead to the termination of 11,000 police officers, 3,500 firefighters, 2,700 sanitation workers, as well as potentially thousands of other municipal workers.

Malliotakis added: “Just as I have promoted vaccination while opposing the Mayor’s vaccine passport mandate, I strongly oppose his decision to extend this mandate further. Eliminating the testing option fails to acknowledge those who have natural immunity, auto-immune issues, or have consulted with their doctors who advised they should not receive the vaccine. I believe the vaccine is safe and effective, but making vaccination status a grounds for termination is total government overreach.”

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