Connecticut Post (Sunday)

More NYC workers get jabs, but 26K still refuse

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More than 26,000 of New York City’s municipal workers remained unvaccinat­ed after Friday’s deadline to show proof they’ve gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the city said Saturday.

A last-minute rush of jabs boosted the vaccinatio­n rate to 83 percent among police, firefighte­rs, garbage collectors and other city workers covered by the mandate as of 8 p.m. Friday, up from 76 percent a day earlier.

Workers who haven’t complied will be put on unpaid leave starting Monday, leaving the Big Apple bracing for the possibilit­y of closed firehouses, fewer police and ambulances and mounting trash.

Vaccinatio­n rates for the city’s fire and sanitation department­s jumped significan­tly Friday as workers rushed to meet the deadline for the mandate and an extra incentive: Workers who get a shot by Friday will get $500.

The fire department’s rate rose 8 percent and the sanitation department saw an additional 10 percent of its staff get vaccinated Friday, according to city data. The fire and sanitation department­s each have 23 percent of their staffs that still haven’t been vaccinated.

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