Oct 26, 2021 - Health

New York City police union files lawsuit against vaccine mandate

 Combination images of New York City Patrolman Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and  New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio
Combination images of New York City Patrolman Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images/David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

New York City's biggest police union filed a lawsuit Monday against Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all NYC public employees.

Why it matters: The mandate requires all city employees to have had at least one dose by this Friday. They must show proof of vaccination or they'll be placed on unpaid leave. The Police Benevolent Association of New York tweeted Monday that it's seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the mandate, pending the outcome of its lawsuit.

  • The suit, filed in Staten Island, is seeking to enable unvaccinated police officers to continue working.

Of note: About 70% of NYPD employees have received at least one dose, the mayor said when he announced news of the requirement last Wednesday, per Reuters.

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