NYC protesters fight vaccine mandate as mayor doubles down on ‘rule’
On Friday, New York City workers protested the municipal workers’ vaccination mandate, which was the deadline for city workers to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.
Protesters gathered in New York on Friday amid reports that 1% of the city’s 370,000 employees are unvaccinated and at risk of losing their jobs if they fail to comply with the city’s mandate, which requires that they receive two injections of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Among those at risk of losing their jobs are unvaccinated teachers, firefighters and police officers.
New York Mayor Eric Adams did not back down on the mandate and told a news conference that living in a “complex” city means citizens have to follow rules.
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“Living in a city as complex as this, there have to be rules. We have to follow them. The rule is to get vaccinated if you’re a city employee. You have to follow that,” Adams said.
A sign at the protest read ‘freedom needs a reminder’ and another read ‘don’t tread on my freedom’.
Dozens, if not hundreds, of individuals could be seen at the demonstration.
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Several unions representing different parts of the city’s workforce filed a lawsuit to try to stop the layoffs, but a judge ruled in the city’s favor on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report