Judge Denies New York City Police Union’s Request To Halt Vaccine Mandate

A judge on Wednesday denied a request from a New York City police union to temporarily halt Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) order requiring all municipal employees, including law enforcement officials, to receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by later this week or face unpaid leave.

Richmond County Supreme Court Judge Lizette Colon ruled that de Blasio’s mandate — which the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York is seeking to overturn — can proceed,reportedly citing a previous state appellate ruling that upheld a vaccine mandate for measles.

Patrick J. Lynch,president of the police union that argues de Blasio’s mandate doesn’t provide sufficient religious exemptions, said in a statement Wednesday that the mandate “will inevitably result” in fewer police officers available to protect the city’s streets next month.

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