New York prepares for cop shortage over vaccine status

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A police officer stands at a blocked intersection in New York City, New York, US, September 20, 2021.
AP Photo/Seth WenigA police officer stands at a blocked intersection in New York City, New York, US, September 20, 2021.

76 percent of uniformed workers are dosed with at least one shot, compared to 86 percent of all city workers

New York City officials are preparing for shortages of police officers, firefighters, and other first responders amid a mandate for the uniformed workforce to be vaccinated.

Mayor of NYC Bill de Blasio - who announced the order which is set to take effect Monday - said that officials would manage any staffing gaps with overtime and schedule changes, Reuters reported.

He added that private ambulance companies would also be enlisted to cover for the city’s paramedics.

"We have all of the typical tools of how you use staff, move them around, how you use overtime," de Blasio said.

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He cited how the city also faced staffing shortages last year when many first responders were infected with Covid, according to Reuters.

Union leaders representing cops and firefighters claim that the city could put more than one-third of its members on unpaid leave when the vaccine mandate begins.

Ongoing staffing shortages of the department in a tight labor market should prompt NYC to prepare for an “inevitable disaster by design,” Andrew Asnbro, president of Uniformed Firefighters Association said, Reuters reported.

Union members suggested that members were not given adequate time to comply with the mayor’s inoculation deadline.

In the last 24 hours thousands of shots have been administered, CBS New York reported.

Only 76 percent of the uniformed workers are dosed with at least one shot, de Blasio disclosed, compared to 86 percent of city workers overall.

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According to Reuters, the lowest rate was among firefighters at 64 percent, while almost 75 percent of cops are inoculated.

De Blasio stressed, however, that he expects such rates to rise significantly by Monday.