UPDATED 9:39 AM PT – Saturday, October 9, 2021
New York City is mulling a possible COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its first responders.
In an announcement on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) didn’t rule out mandatory vaccinations for the New York Police Department, New York City Fire Department and other city workers. In response, the president of the city’s largest police union said the vaccine should be a medical decision that members make on their own, adding those who choose not to get vaccinated would still be protected.
“We’re looking at all options,” said the mayor on Friday. “In the coming days I’ll speak about additional steps for different parts of the city, our workforce and beyond, different things we’re going to be doing. But that’s still several days away because we’re doing a very meticulous analysis of what is the next step that makes sense.”
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 7, 2021
Meanwhile, citywide protests have broken out in recent days after de Blasio issued a separate vaccine mandate for New York City teachers and staff. The city has also mandated vaccines for health care workers and put regulations in place for restaurants and sporting events.