New York, NY – More than 1,400 New York City workers were fired Monday for refusing to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams confirmed Feb. 14 that he fired a total of 1,430 city employees who had not provided proof of vaccination as of the Feb. 11 deadline, the New York Post reported.
Among them were 25 fire department employees, 36 New York Police Department (NYPD) employees, 40 Department of Sanitation workers, 101 New York City Housing Authority personnel, and 914 Department of Education workers, according to Bloomberg.
An additional 4,919 of the 13,044 workers who filed for religious or medical exemptions have been denied, and just 2,118 were approved, the New York Post reported.
The rest are still being decided.
Those who were denied waivers can file an appeal, the New York Post reported.
Approximately 500 firefighters and around 5,000 law enforcement officers were among those who filed for medical or religious exemptions.
Adams released a statement Monday thanking the majority of the city’s 400,000 workers for getting vaccinated, the New York Post reported.
“City workers served on the frontlines during the pandemic, and by getting vaccinated, they are, once again, showing how they are willing to do the right thing to protect themselves and all New Yorkers,” he said. “Our goal was always to vaccinate, not terminate, and city workers stepped up and met the goal placed before them.”
The mayor claimed the workers he fired quit of their own accord by choosing not to follow the rules, according to Bloomberg.
Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association President Harry Nespoli, head of the Municipal Labor Council, blasted Adams for following through with the mass terminations, the New York Post reported.
“Workers should not get fired,” Nespoli declared. “There are a lot of people who don’t believe in putting this stuff in their bodies.”