Mayor de Blasio considers COVID-19 mandate for NYC first responders

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 16: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a faith vigil for victims of an earthquake in Haiti at the steps of St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church on August 16, 2021 in the Little Caribbean neighborhood of Brooklyn borough in New York City. Elected officials along with faith and community leaders held a vigil for victims of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday, the deadliest since the January 2010 earthquake. There have been at least 1,297 confirmed deaths and 5,700 more injured from the quake as of today. The country, which is still dealing with a political crisis from the assassination of its President Jovenel Moïse last month, is also facing Tropical Storm Grace, which is expected to hit the country between Monday night and Tuesday morning according to projections from U.S. National Hurricane Center. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 16: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a faith vigil for victims of an earthquake in Haiti at the steps of St. Jerome’s Roman Catholic Church on August 16, 2021 in the Little Caribbean neighborhood of Brooklyn borough in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:39 AM PT – Saturday, October 9, 2021

New York City is mulling a possible COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its first responders.

In an announcement on Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) didn’t rule out mandatory vaccinations for the New York Police Department, New York City Fire Department and other city workers. In response, the president of the city’s largest police union said the vaccine should be a medical decision that members make on their own, adding those who choose not to get vaccinated would still be protected.

“We’re looking at all options,” said the mayor on Friday. “In the coming days I’ll speak about additional steps for different parts of the city, our workforce and beyond, different things we’re going to be doing. But that’s still several days away because we’re doing a very meticulous analysis of what is the next step that makes sense.”

Meanwhile, citywide protests have broken out in recent days after de Blasio issued a separate vaccine mandate for New York City teachers and staff. The city has also mandated vaccines for health care workers and put regulations in place for restaurants and sporting events.

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