On Thursday the union representing 50,000 current and former New York City Police Dept. officers claimed Mayor de Blasio’s vaccine mandate would force “10,000” officers off the streets. According to the NYPD Police Commissioner, that number is actually just 34.
Source: NY Post
Only a few a dozen NYPD members were placed on unpaid leave Monday after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine — but thousands of unvaccinated employees remain on the job with pending exemption requests, the city’s top cop said.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said 34 cops and 40 civilian members of the force — which account for fewer than .15 percent of NYPD employees — did not comply with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate requiring most city workers to get their first jab by Monday.
“That’s very fluid. That could go up as the day goes on,” said Shea, referring to NYPD members forced on unpaid leave, while adding that applications for medical or religious exemptions are still pending.
“It could also go down and people get their vaccinations,” he added at the mayor’s daily press conference.
According to the NY Post, only 34 police officers are placed on leave for not adhering to the city's vaccine mandate. Seems some folks may have overstated the problem. https://t.co/CJG9A6ydIJ
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) November 1, 2021
Remember when they tried to scare us by saying 10,000 NYPD officers would quit in defiance of the vaccine mandate?
Only 34 actually did. Lol. 36,000-person force.
The 34 are likely unsuitable anyway. Mandates have the twin benefits of public health & eliminating bad apples
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) November 1, 2021