New York City‘s largest police union filed a lawsuit against the city Monday in an effort to overturn a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its members. The Police Benevolent Association filed suit at Staten Island Supreme Court. They plan to request a temporary injunction that would prevent the city’s imposition of the vaccine mandate during the litigation.
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. New York City will require police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
The move came after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that all city workers would be required to get vaccinated or be placed on unpaid leave or terminated after the Oct. 29 deadline. There is no option to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. The PBA stated that the mandate is against its members’ rights to make medical decisions. The Vaccine Mandate is going to cause irreparable damage for police officers. The lawsuit says that a police officer who has sincerely expressed concerns about the vaccination will be subject to irreparable injury if the court decides whether the Vaccine Mandate was unlawful. These officers are protected by their rights to religious freedom and medical autonomy. The bell can’t be rung again after a vaccine has been administered. “
Nearly 70% of New York Police Department employees are vaccinated while more than 60 employees have died from COVID-19.
In this image from video, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, receives a COVID-19 Moderna vaccine booster from New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi, during the mayor’s daily news briefing, Monday, Oct, 25, 2021. New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio each received COVID-19 boosters Monday as part of their efforts to promote widespread vaccinations. (Office of New York Mayor via AP).
On Monday, de Blasio said the requirement will most likely increase vaccination rates. He stated that mandates have helped more people get vaccinated. The mayor was vaccinated back in March, but he received an additional Moderna booster shot on Monday at his press conference. Nearly 12 million doses have been administered citywide, he said. Fox News reached out to him.
The PBA sent Monday’s letter to its members, stating that the NYPD leadership has not provided details on how the mandate is being implemented.
” The universal reply was that they were waiting for City Hall to respond,” the letter stated. It is evident that Mayor de Blasio, his staff, and their advisors are running the NYPD. They care less about public health and safety than politics. “
“NYPD Members are dissatisfied because they are trying to make life-altering decisions, but our leaders are keeping us in the dark.
Another union sued the city for violating the mandate to vaccine. Teachers and Department of Education staff requested a temporary injunction. However, the judge refused to grant it.
Protesters marched in support of Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving‘s public opposition to the vaccine. He has been banned from practicing and will not be allowed to play until he is vaccinated.
Protesters rallying against COVID-19 vaccination mandates and in support of basketball player Kyrie Irving gather in the street outside the Barclays Center before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo
Many supporters marched to the Barclays Center and tried storming the doors to the arena.