9 in 10 NYC employees vaccinated against COVID as enforcement deadline nears: de Blasio


NEW YORK (AP) — Nine in 10 New York City municipal workers have received COVID-19 vaccinations as a Monday deadline looms.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Saturday night that 91% of workers had received the vaccine. That number rose from about 83% as of Friday night. Overall, vaccination rates among workers impacted by the mandate increased by 14% over the past 10 days, according to the mayor’s office.

The NYPD reported an 84% vaccination rate as of Sunday evening. The EMS arm of the FDNY reported an 87% vaccination rate as of 6 p.m. on Sunday while the fire portion of the FDNY reported a 75% vaccination rate.

Under the city mandate, those who haven’t received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine will be put on unpaid leave starting Monday, raising the possibility of shortages of police, fire, EMS and sanitation workers.

As of Saturday night, 79% of the Department of Sanitation workforce was vaccinated — a 2% increase from the night before. By Sunday evening, the number had risen to 82 percent.

City officials have been weighing various contingencies to deal with an expected staffing shortfall come Monday.

The fire department said it was prepared to close up to 20% of its fire companies and have 20% fewer ambulances in service while also changing schedules, canceling vacations and turning to outside EMS providers to make up for expected staffing shortages.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the sanitation department will move to 12-hour shifts, as opposed to the usual 8-hour shifts, and begin working Sundays to ensure trash doesn’t pile up.

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