Coronavirus

Some NYC First Responders Are Protesting COVID Vaccine Mandate

A judge already rejected an attempt by New York's police union to halt the city's mandate.

Some NYC First Responders Are Protesting COVID Vaccine Mandate
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The president of the New York City firefighters' union is urging unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccine mandate. 

Thousands of city workers were part of a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday protesting that mandate. 

They face a Friday deadline to show proof of at least one dose or risk being placed on unpaid leave. 

The fire department is planning to close 20% of its fire companies and have 20% fewer ambulances because of workers refusing to get vaccinated. 

Wednesday, a judge rejected an attempt by New York's police union to halt the city's mandate.