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NYC Expands Vaccine Mandates, Drawing Ire From Police Unions

  • City scraps testing option for 160,500 municipal workers
  • Workers who get Covid shot by Oct. 29 to get $500 in bonus pay
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New York City said it would require all municipal workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and eliminate a test-out option in a move that immediately drew ire from a powerful police union that said it would bring legal action against the city.

The city joins Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities in an expanded mandate that will apply to about 160,500 municipal workers, of which 71% have already received at least one vaccine dose, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing on Wednesday. Police and firefighters are included in the requirement, while certain Department of Corrections employees will have until Dec. 1 to comply as the city grapples with ongoing staffing issues at Rikers Island.