NYPD’s PBA makes one last attempt to stop vaccine mandate

The NYPD’s largest police union is taking another chance to stop the city from forcing cops to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Police Charity Association filed an appeal Thursday afternoon in an effort to overturn a New York City judge’s ruling allowing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate to move forward.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge Lisette Cologne on Wednesday denied the PBA’s request for a temporary restraining order to halt the mandate, which would force unvaccinated city policemen to go on unpaid leave starting Monday.

The PBA argued that a vaccine or testing policy was sufficient.

As of Wednesday evening, officials said 75 percent of the New York Police Department, which includes nearly 35,000 uniformed officers and just under 18,000 civilian employees, had received a jab.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told cops in a video Wednesday that the department will begin enforcing the mandate on Monday and will open vaccination sites over the weekend for those looking to get a last-minute jab.

If cops apply for an exemption, they will be allowed to work while they wait for their papers, according to Shea.

Previous challenges to the city’s vaccine mandates in schools were dropped in federal court.


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