The Large Apple’s largest police union filed a lawsuit Monday in a last-minute bid to overturn Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which matches into impact for cops and all different metropolis employees on the finish of this week.
The Police Benevolent Affiliation argues within the Staten Island Supreme Court docket lawsuit that the present “vax or take a look at” coverage is “ample sufficient” in curbing infections.
“The Metropolis has supplied no rationalization, a lot much less a rational one, for the necessity to violate the autonomy and privateness of NYPD law enforcement officials in such a extreme method, on the specter of termination,” the lawsuit mentioned.
“There is no such thing as a proof of any widespread COVID-19 an infection or transmission by or amongst NYPD law enforcement officials because the ‘vax or take a look at’ coverage has been in place.
“On the contrary, all proof establishes that the coverage has confirmed efficient, and it has struck the suitable steadiness between encouraging vaccination and respecting the medical autonomy of the NYPD officers.”
The NYPD’s present “vax or take a look at” coverage requires unvaccinated cops to be examined weekly for COVID-19.
All metropolis employees — together with cops — have till this Friday to get their first dose of the COVID vaccine, Hizzoner mentioned final week.
Those that haven’t had their first shot by Nov. 1 might be positioned on unpaid depart till they present proof of vaccination.
The swimsuit additionally blasts de Blasio’s new mandate as “arbitrary and capricious” and argues that the unpaid depart penalty for not getting the jab is “extreme.”
In a letter to PBA members saying the lawsuit, president Patrick Lynch mentioned the union was additionally submitting a request for a brief restraining order to cease the town and NYPD from implementing the mandate whereas litigation is pending.
Lynch had vowed in August to take authorized motion in opposition to any vaccine mandate after academics have been ordered to get the pictures.
A spokesperson for the Regulation Division hit again, telling instructed The Put up the mandate was lawful and was put in place to maintain New Yorkers protected.
“Each effort to cease the town’s vaccine mandates has failed in court docket, and we consider this swimsuit by the PBA will meet the identical destiny,” the spokesperson mentioned.
“The town’s vaccine mandates are lawful and hold New Yorkers protected. We’ll assessment the case.”
On the time of de Blasio’s announcement final week, the vaccination charge among the many metropolis’s workforce stood at about 83 %.
A supply on Monday mentioned the vaccination charge among the many NYPD’s 55,000 cops and civilian members is at 72 %.
Extra reporting by Priscilla DeGregory and Larry Celona