New mandate says New York City unvaccinted police officers must wear masks or face descipline
New York Police Department made an ultimatum for its employees and now the officers who are still not vaccinated for COVID-19 must wear masks or face discipline.
According to a statement by the NYPD on Wednesday, the police officers who don’t want to wear masks any longer must prove to the department’s medical division that they’ve been vaccinated against the COVID-19.
NYC Mayor de Blasio’s executive order forced contractors working for the city to get vaccinated.
“Members who do not have official proof of COVID-19 vaccination on file with the Medical Division must wear a face covering at all times while working, whether indoors or outside, including while driving in Department vehicles,” the mandated stated.
However, regardless of their vaccination status, the cops still have to wear masks on special occasions, for example, when in an elevator or interacting with the public. According to the order, the officers must wear mask “whenever they’re present in a school, pre-K to 12th grade, in the city transit system or in a homeless shelter, correctional facility, nursing home or health care setting.”
According to the department’s officials, only 47% of NYPD staff is vaccinated, 59 members of the NYPD have died of COVID.