New York City has laid off 1,430 city workers after they refused to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit proof of their shots, City Hall confirmed Monday. This figure represents less than 1% of the city’s workforce of 370,000 people.
The details: The laid-off workers fell into two categories: new hires who received their first dose but never provided proof of their second dose, and employees who were placed on unpaid leave and waived their health coverage. because they refused to be vaccinated. The city laid off only two workers in the first category and 1,428 employees in the second. Nearly 1,000 other municipal workers in the second category who were on unpaid leave chose to be vaccinated before the dismissal deadline last week.
“Our goal has always been to vaccinate, not eliminate, and city employees stepped up and achieved their assigned goal,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement. “Of all the new city employees who received notices two weeks ago, only two who worked last week are no longer employed by the city. I am grateful to all city workers who continue to serve New Yorkers and “Get Stuff Done” for the greatest city in the world. »
The failure: The New York City Department of Education has lost 914 staff to this mandate, far more than any other agency and beyond. the planned figure of approximately 700 staff members. Employees of the DOE and other agencies have not been working and collecting paychecks since November 2021, but they are retaining coveted public service jobs, according to City Hall.