Oct 18, 2021 - News
Latest on Chicago's cop vaccination standoff
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"My nurse’s mind has me just shaking my head... If only these reluctant folks could spend some real time in a COVID unit and see how patients struggle to breathe before usually being intubated and placed on a ventilator." — Bobbi F.

Why it matters: If this basic health measure — requiring city workers to report their vax status — is as popular as it seems, defying it could further crumble public support for Chicago police officers just as they're trying to win it back.

The other side: Catanzara claims the vaccination notification requirement changes union members' "terms of employment" and must be settled in arbitration.

What Axios readers are saying: Everyone we heard from last week agreed with mandatory notification and vaccination.

  • "My nurse’s mind has me just shaking my head... If only these reluctant folks could spend some real time in a COVID unit and see how patients struggle to breathe before usually being intubated and placed on a ventilator." — Bobbi F
  • "I understand those who object, as I was always raised to question authority and not to trust blindly — but this is different... Not getting vaccinated is a slap in the face to your fellow man and a clear choice to help perpetuate this pandemic." — Miranda S.
  • "If police officers can't see the need to get vaccinated and protect themselves and fellow officers who ride in a closed car with them, and the citizens they come in contact with, then maybe public service is not the right occupation for them." — Ted J.

What's next: The restraining order on Catanzara remains in effect until Oct 25 when the next court session takes place.

  • City of Chicago lawyers told the Tribune that defiance of the mandate "might not result in a shortfall of officers over the weekend, but it will in a matter of days."
  • Saturday CPD officials said they were limiting the use of personal days by cops "until further notice" as an apparent safeguard against labor shortages.
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