Kyrie Irving rips Eric Adams’ latest decision on vaccine mandate

Nets star Kyrie Irving, who missed nearly two-thirds of last season due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot, has torn up New York’s latest vaccine mandate decision.

After New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Tuesday that he was ending the vaccination mandate for private employers but keeping it for city employees, Irving took to social media to l ‘label a human rights violation of historic proportions.

“If I can work and not be vaccinated, then all of my siblings who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified or fired,” Irving wrote. “This forced vaccine/pandemic is one of the greatest HUMAN RIGHTS violations in history.”

Some might suggest this is mild hyperbole, but New York’s requirements for COVID vaccines have arguably been the most stringent in the country. Irving’s steadfast refusal to adhere to it limited him to just 29 games last season and just six home tournaments at Barclays Center, once the city relaxed rules for unvaccinated athletes and entertainers in march.

A City Hall representative had no comment when asked by The Post about Irving’s criticism.

Nets guard Kyrie Irving in a playoff game against the Celtics on April 17, 2022.
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Irving should be available for this upcoming season. That, plus Ben Simmons’ debut with the Nets and the likes of Joe Harris returning from surgery, should give Brooklyn a healthier roster.

“That’s all that matters. That’s all that matters,” Irving said Sunday on the Boyz Night Out podcast. “All the hypotheticals that come when nobody’s healthy and when you’re not 100%.”

Irving added that his vaccine standing was more important than missed games.

“I played 29 games, I barely played any home games. It wasn’t a typical season that I would have wanted. But things happen,” Irving said. a whole lot of stuff bigger than that.”

Mayor Eric Adams (right) receives a COVID booster shot at City Hall on September 20, 2022.
Mayor Eric Adams (right) receives a COVID booster shot at City Hall on September 20, 2022.
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From now on, Irving will continue to believe that municipal workers should be free not to be vaccinated, as private sector employees are now.

“Our vaccinated workforce has kept the city open and running, with over 300,000 employees, getting it up and running was crucial, and we’re keeping it up,” Adams said upon receiving his recall at City Hall. “Our vaccinated workers did their job and stepped up when the city needed them most and we believe it’s imperative to send the right message and lead by example.”

Mayor Adams added that 89% of New Yorkers, including children, have been vaccinated. As such, vaccine requirements for New York City schoolchildren to participate in sports and other high-risk extracurricular activities are also being dropped. The city still encouraged vaccines and boosters.

Mayor Eric Adams received his COVID reminder from Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan on September 20, 2022.
Mayor Eric Adams received his COVID reminder from Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan on September 20, 2022.
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“The deployment has been large and crucial and because we’ve done so well, it’s time to move to the next level of fortifying our city,” Adams said. “It puts the choice in the hands of New Yorkers. It is imperative that we ask them to continue to encourage their employees to be vaccinated and to do their booster shots. »

Asked about the municipal mandate — which resulted in the layoff of more than 1,500 city workers — Adams said no end date was imminent.

Irving – who donated money out of his own pocket to help support WNBA players when the league was shut down due to COVID-19 – had also said he planned to help city workers who lost their jobs.

New York Post

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