Mayor de Blasio is set to announce a coronavirus vaccine requirement for all municipal employees Wednesday, The Post has learned.
The city workers — including firefighters and cops — will have to get their first shot by Nov. 1, sources told The Post.
Currently, only Department of Education staff are required to be vaccinated, but de Blasio has long considered extending the mandate to all 300,000 city workers.
The current vaccination rate among the city’s workforce stands at about 83 percent. That number is significantly lower among cops and firefighters.
The NYPD has a vaccination rate of 69 percent among its 55,000 cops and civilian members.
Among members of the FDNY, the vaccination rate was even lower. Just 59 percent of smoke eaters have gotten the jab.
Pat Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, has said “the COVID-19 vaccine is a medical decision that members must make in consultation with their own healthcare providers.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has said that he fully supports a mandate for police officers, citing the virus’ recent toll on cops.
“We lost three members last week, two of them to COVID, and I think it’s all unnecessary, to some degree. And I just, everyone I think, all across this country, really, should be embracing these vaccines,” Shea said Tuesday during an interview on NY1.
The virus was the leading cause of death among police officers across the country since the pandemic began — far exceeding the death toll by gunfire, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
The news about the mandate did not sit well with one Brooklyn elected official.
“The mayor has no idea what he’s doing. We’re going to lose half of our cops and half of our fire department if this goes through, and then what?” the official said.