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More than 24,000 city workers will be forced to stay home Monday when Mayor de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate goes into effect, raising concerns about the impact on emergency response times in the five boroughs.
“That’s the question everyone’s asking: How many more minutes will it take to respond, how many more lives will be lost as a result?” one Manhattan patrol cop told The Post on Sunday.
“There’s a correlation between time and mortality that a lot of people in City Hall don’t understand. Unfortunately, the only way they’re going to get the message is by seeing the numbers rise and rise. And seeing how crime is already on the rise, they really need to look at their priorities and decide if this is a good idea, and they need to do it soon.”
Despite a 14 percent bump in the number of city government workers who have gotten at least one shot since de Blasio announced the mandate on Oct. 20, thousands of others would still rather be placed on unpaid leave than get jabbed.