When COVID-19 vaccines first became available, people were told they would bring about the end of the pandemic.
It was under this premise that people were advised to take these vaccines. Officials claimed vaccination against COVID-19 allowed for not only personal protection, but also protection for the community.
However, as time passed, officials had to walk back their claims that COVID-19 vaccines would end the pandemic. Today, it is widely known and acknowledged that COVID-19 vaccines cannot stop their recipients from catching the virus or passing it on to others.
In spite of this, some communities are still mandating these shots and penalizing people who refuse to comply.
Trouble in New York City
Just over the weekend, NYC Mayor Eric Adams confirmed via his office that a total of 1,752 city personnel lost their jobs for not getting COVID-19 vaccines.
Adams’ office did not name the specific departments from which city personnel was released. However, just during the Democratic mayor’s tenure thus far, workers in the local Education, Fire, and Police Departments have lost their jobs.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) July 25, 2022
Adams’ cold dismissals of frontline workers who were once lauded as “heroes” didn’t sit well with many people. He specifically came under fire for letting go of police officers in the middle of New York City facing a severe crime problem.
To this end, Adams said the depletion of the police force wasn’t a concern to him. He even claimed the release of officers created the opportunity for a more “diverse” police department.
Reactions From Frontline Workers
Firefighter and police unions in New York City are pushing back against the mandate and sackings of frontline workers who refuse COVID-19 vaccines.
The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York warned that Adams’ mandate is at odds with the science since it doesn’t allow exceptions or consider new scientific developments.
Every time I write about a quadruple-vaxxed who tests positive (🤡), some reply:
“vaccine is not intended to prevent infection, but to reduce severity”
So why did you mandate vaccines? Why did you spread the blood libel that “the unvaccinated are spreading covid” (Biden quote)?
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) July 21, 2022
Likewise, the Police Benevolent Association slammed Adams for treating police officers like “second-class citizens,” after their hard work during 2020 and 2021 when most Americans remained home.
Adams previously offered workers a shot at getting their jobs back if they submit to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.