Roughly 2,300 members of the New York Metropolis Fireplace Division claimed they had been sick and did not present as much as work on Monday as the town’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal staff went into impact.
All metropolis staff had been required to have obtained a minimum of one dose of the vaccine by October 29. Metropolis leaders suspect lots of those that did not roll up their sleeves feigned sickness to keep away from being disciplined for failing to adjust to the well being requirement. New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated final month that staff who did not get a minimum of their first shot by the deadline could be positioned on unpaid go away.
FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated on Monday that firefighters had loads of time to get vaccinated, and he implored those that have but to get jabbed to get their pictures to allow them to return to work. Usually, on any given day fewer than 1,000 division member could be out sick, he stated. The FDNY employs about 11,000 uniformed staff.
De Blasio additionally stated he believes that lots of the 2,300 firefighters who known as in sick had been pretending to be in poor health and violating oaths they took to serve the general public.
“That is one thing we do not tolerate”
“We now have each purpose to consider we have now lots of people on the market claiming they’re sick when they aren’t,” de Blasio stated in a press convention Monday, noting there could possibly be “actual penalties” for workers who’re decided to have lied about their well being standing. “That is one thing we do not tolerate.”
“It’s crucial that everybody come to work and do their job. The taxpayers of this metropolis depend on all of our public companies, significantly our first responders,” the mayor added.
Commissioner Nigro agreed that the surge in FDNY members on medical go away is tied to the town’s vaccine mandate taking impact. So far, three-quarters of the town’s firefighters are vaccinated, effectively under the 91% price for the town’s 300,000 municipal staff as a complete.
“Because the mandate was issued, our medical go away spiked up and we all know that,” Nigro stated, noting that roughly 700 folks a day visited the division’s medical workplace final week.
“Nearly all of them are unvaccinated. That is fully unacceptable,” he stated.
The widespread absences aren’t affecting the FDNY’s response instances as a result of firefighters who’re reporting for responsibility are choosing up further shifts, Nigro stated. “Because of these stepping as much as fill spots, our division is functioning fairly effectively.”