1,400 NYC Employees Fired Over COVID Vaccine Mandate

Feb. 15, 2022

New York Metropolis fired 1,430 metropolis employees for failing to adjust to town authorities’s vaccine mandate.

Mayor Eric Adams mentioned termination notices have been despatched Friday to the employees, most of whom had been on unpaid depart for months, The New York Occasions reported. Of the fired workers, about 900 labored for town Division of Training, 100 for town Housing Authority, and 36 with the police division.

Adams mentioned that about 95% of town’s 370,000 employees received no less than one dose of vaccine by the Friday deadline, up from 84% when then-Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced the mandate final October, The Occasions mentioned. The newspaper reported that about 9,000 different employees are nonetheless unvaccinated and searching for exemptions.

“Our aim was at all times to vaccinate, not terminate, and metropolis employees stepped up and met the aim positioned earlier than them,” Adams mentioned in a press release issued Monday.

The employees had confronted a Friday deadline to obtain a primary dose of vaccine until they have been newly employed. New hires have been alleged to have gotten two pictures of a two-dose vaccine by Friday or one shot of a one-dose vaccine. Solely two new hires have been among the many group receiving termination notices.

The variety of workers going through termination shrank in current days. Earlier than Friday, the vaccine deadline, about 4,000 employees nonetheless wanted to get vaccinated, The Occasions mentioned.

Metropolis worker unions complained concerning the terminations.

“Employees mustn’t get fired. There are lots of people who don’t consider in placing these things of their our bodies,” Harry Nespoli, president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Affiliation, and head of the Municipal Labor Council, instructed The New York Submit.

The Occasions mentioned the motion was most likely the biggest mass termination of municipal workers due to a COVID vaccine mandate.

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