Judge pauses vaccine requirement for Chicago police
An Illinois judge paused a vaccination requirement for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) until a lawsuit between the department and its union is settled, CNN reports.
Driving the news: The local Fraternal Order of Police lodge says they were negotiating CPD's COVID-19 policy when the department implemented "unilateral changes" per CNN.
Details: The pause will be in place until Dec. 31.
- Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Mitchell left the rest of the policy — including "reporting and testing obligations" — intact as part of Monday's ruling, per CNN.
Context: CPD Superintendent David Brown reports that of the 73% of officers who've reported their vaccination status, 80% are inoculated, per CNN.
- Before the ruling, 35 officers were on unpaid leave, the police superintendent.
What they're saying: "We continue to encourage our department members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is about officer safety, as we've said repeatedly, and it's about protecting our families and the people we serve," Brown said according to CNN.
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