New York City Police Department union leaders were furious after reports that the city would be relaxing its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for unvaccinated athletes, a move one union leader called “hypocritical”.
Mayor Eric Adams is expected to announce a reversal of his private sector policy Thursday to allow anti-vaccine stars like the Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving to compete at home and big musicians and artists to perform in Big Apple venues.
But union leaders took the move as an insult to the city’s cops and other workers, many of whom ended up being fired for refusing to be stung.
“I’m not surprised,” Lou Turco, president of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, told The Post. “To me it is hypocritical that you would allow an athlete not to get vaccinated, but you will force officials to get vaccinated to keep their jobs.”
Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said Adams “must be kidding” about the change.
“Talent detectives with irreplaceable experience were lost to mandate,” DiGiacomo said. “Athletes and performers more important than NYPD detectives during a crime wave?”
Adams’ anticipated announcement comes just before the start of the 2022 baseball season and would water down a mandate introduced by ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio to require all city businesses to have their employees vaccinated.
City officials were also required to be vaccinated, and more than 1,400 employees were fired for failure to comply in departments such as the NYPD, FDNY and the city’s Department of Education. Thousands more requested religious or medical exemptions under the requirement, sparking multiple lawsuits.
Though the details of Adam’s plan for athletes and artists weren’t clear on Wednesday, many took to social media to criticize the about-face.
“The farmers still have to obey,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Rules for you but not for me,” said another. “What about everyone else or only the rich and famous get exceptions?”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/23/nyc-police-union-bosses-rip-lifting-of-vax-mandate-for-athletes/ NYC Police Union bosses repeal Vax mandate for athletes