Members of the NYPD will need to either get a COVID-19 vaccine or test negative every seven days as part of a new city mandate, or else forego their pay for every day of noncompliance, sources told the Advance/SILive.com.
The policy is set to begin Monday after data in late August showed about 47% of the department’s 35,000 uniformed officers and 18,000 civilian employees were vaccinated.
The testing must be done off-the-clock and the department will not accept at-home antigen tests as sufficient evidence of a negative test result. In a memo issued Wednesday to officers by the Police Benevolent Association, union president Pat Lynch wrote:
“Contrary to our previous conversations with the department, the order indicates that unvaccinated MOS must obtain a COVID-19 test on their own time. In the PBA’s view, any testing mandated by the Department must be conducted on job time and at the city’s expense, and any test received outside of the MOS’s regular working hours should be subject to overtime compensation.”