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With the vaccination deadline approaching, NYC's largest police union is suing for unvaccinated officers to continue working

Added 10-26-21 12:14:03am EST - “The union has asked a Staten Island court to prevent the implementation of the vaccination mandate while its lawsuit is pending.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “With the vaccination deadline approaching, NYC's largest police union is suing for unvaccinated officers to continue working”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With one week left to get vaccinated, New York City's largest police union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), filed a lawsuit Monday in Staten Island Supreme Court over the state's vaccination mandate for municipal employees, The New York Times reported.

The union's lawsuit claimed the mandate does not contain enough protections for those with religious objections to getting vaccinated and argues that officers did not have enough time to seek such exemptions. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Wednesday that all municipal workers are required to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 29.

"Vaccinations are critical to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. This mandate is a bold step that protects our families, friends, and communities, including those that are not yet eligible for the vaccine such as our city's youngest residents," said Melanie Hartzog, the city's deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.

PBA also said in the lawsuit that it opposes the current mandate because it does not allow for weekly COVID-19 testing in substitution of vaccination, an earlier approach that the union had "generally supported," according to the New York Times.

Nearly 70% of employees of the New York Police Department had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of last week, according to The New York Times. The union said in a press release that it has filed a request for a temporary restraining order in the Staten Island court to halt the mandate's implementation while the lawsuit is pending.

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