NYC Vax Mandate Is Having Horrid Repercussions For The City

All throughout New York City trash has been piling up along the streets in the weeks leading up to the deadline for city workers to give proof of receipt for their COVID-19 vaccine, which happened on October 29th.

As reported by NBC News, people have been posting about frequently missed trash collections all across social media platforms.

“Missed collections were reported in Staten Island and Brooklyn. And residents have taken to social media in outrage over the accumulating garbage and to raise concern that the slowdown is intentional in protest of the vaccine mandate,” reported the news source.

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Also reported by NBC News:

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced last week that city workers were required to have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by Friday at 5 p.m. or be placed on unpaid leave, said that supervisors at the department of sanitation would not allow missed collections to continue, though neither he nor the sanitation department would say if the slowdown was on purpose.

“Anyone who is not doing their job, you’re harming your fellow sanitation workers, and you’re harming your neighbors, and you’re harming your city,” de Blasio said. “And it’s time to stop.”

The sanitation department for New York City put forth a statement of its own that stated it was “aware that there are collection delays.”

As reported by the outlet, over 67% of the sanitation workers in NYC have been vaccinated.

The city is having issues getting its workers vaccinated in the wake of instating the mandate. The city as a whole is looking down the barrel of losing over 30% of its police and fire departments since the deadline to get the vaccine, or a proper exception, has come and gone.

“New York City took one of its most aggressive steps yet to increase vaccination rates in a city that was once the epicenter of the pandemic, requiring almost every member of the nation’s largest municipal workforce to get vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks,” reported The New York Times this past week.

“The new mandate by Mayor Bill de Blasio, following similar requirements for teachers and health care workers that led to a surge in vaccinations, is intended to persuade thousands of city workers who have resisted getting the shot to do so before the winter,” the paper added.

This past week it was estimated by Quartz that roughly “6,500 New York Police Department (NYPD) employees—or roughly 30% of the agency’s total workforce of 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilians” would be directly affected by the mandate due to the fact that they are refusing to get the vaccine.

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