“The department has not closed any firehouses.”
NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro denying reports of staffing shortages due to the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
nov 1, 2021
- New York City, the largest city in America, has a vaccine mandate for city workers.
- All workers must have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, November 1, or face unpaid leave. The mayor's office says 91% of workers have received the vaccine - a jump from 83% on Friday.
- However, the loss of even a small percentage of the city's workers can lead to a significant amount of service shortages. The NY Post estimates 24,000 people may stay home on Monday. Questions remain about what that means for firehouses, police patrol and sanitation - basic resources the city relies on.
- The city itself has a relatively high vaccination rate - with 73% of New Yorkers receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.
Why It Matters: As the largest city in the nation, New York can serve as an example or bellwether of policies to come elsewhere.