COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Upheld For Chicago Police; FOP President Calls On Officers To ‘Hold The Line’ But Concedes They’re Now ‘Forced’ To Get Shots

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate for Chicago police officers was upheld by an arbitrator who rejected the Fraternal Order of Police’s grievances over the city’s rules, she announced at a news conference.

Lightfoot said she hopes the ruling will be a “signal for those members who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated.”

A visibly pleased Lightfoot made the announcement at her customary post-City Council meeting.

In a YouTube video posted Wednesday evening, John Catanzara, president of the local FOP chapter, signaled he would have more to say later this week but conceded the arbitrator did decide that “we will be forced to get the vaccine.”

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