New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 9,000 city employees have gone on unpaid leave rather than comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate effective Nov. 1.
De Blasio announced the news during a livestream event on Monday morning. In addition to thousands of city workers on unpaid leave, 12,000 additional city employees have applied for a medical or religious exemption.
That’s over 20,000 citizens de Blasio is ok with letting go.
The concern rises as details are being unveiled regarding which city workers are taking unpaid leave. A reported 5,500 city police officers, 2,300 firefighters and more than 1,500 sanitation workers remain unvaccinated, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. The totals include an estimated one in four firefighters and one in six police officers.
On Monday, ABC News also reported 18 fire companies are considered “out of service” now because works are using sick time to get paid. “There are understaffed units. That understaffing could end immediately if members stopped going sick when they weren’t sick,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
Sanitation workers are also reportedly in short supply following the city’s vaccine mandate going into effect. Piles of trash were already collecting on city streets last week as worker shortage grew due to the upcoming vaccine mandate.
The city has just effectively unemployed 21,000 people and crippled its fire, police and sanitation departments in a single day over a controversial shot. This is not about America First. It’s not even about a pandemic. The vaccine mandates have become a plague of their own, shutting down communities over leftist policies that claim to “follow the science.”
If New York City is a taste of what other cities can expect when imposing vaccine mandates, imagine what our nation will look like in just a few months time? Response times for police will go up astronomically. 911 calls will go unanswered. Trash will line streets for days at a time, bringing disease causing rodents.
The situation is further complicated by thousands of illegal immigrants streaming across our nation’s southern border each day. By the way, none of these immigrants are required to receive a vaccine to enter the country. That’s just going to keep Covid around for even longer, bringing in new cases to the country.
Maybe it’s time the unvaccinated identify as illegal immigrants to opt out of the vaccine and receive special treatment from Biden and company? It seems the left hates Americans and loves illegal immigrants based on the actions we’re seeing at the moment.
De Blasio may be the leader of the biggest city to crumble under the weight of vaccine mandates so far, but it may not be the last. With more than 20 states led by Democrat governors hell bent on ruining the lives of their people, we can look forward to thousands of other workers kicked to the curb under Biden’s disastrous policies.