Tensions between the mayor of Chicago and police over the city’s vaccine mandate escalated this week when the head of the police union urged officers to ignore a deadline to report the status of their vaccinations.
City of Chicago employees, including police officers, must report their vaccination status by Friday. Employees who have not been vaccinated will need to be tested twice a week, a temporary measure by the end of the year as the city decides what to do with immunized employees.
But John Catanzara, head of the Chicago branch of the Brotherhood Order of Police, urged union members to video Post a “Stop the Line” message this week.
He told officers not to submit their vaccination status, and instead filled the city with requests for immunity on Thursday.
“Collect them all on Thursday, give them everything at once, and that’s it,” he said. Referring to the reporting of the vaccination situation in the city, he added, “Do not fill in the information on the portal.
Officers and other city employees who fail to report their vaccination status by Friday will be “disciplined, not paid.” According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Office
“It’s safe to say that the police force in Chicago will be 50% or less by the end of the week,” said Cotton Zara.
He said that whatever happens due to manpower problem, it comes to the doorstep of the mayor.
Lightfoot, a Democrat, Said At a news conference Wednesday that the city was “ready,” he added that Cotton Zara was “patent-wringing with its members every day”, encouraging resistance to the vaccine.
“If you haven’t been vaccinated, you’re playing with your life, your family’s life, your peers and members of the public,” Lightfoot said.
Of Corona virus Vaccines approved in the United States have proven safe and effective, and a report published last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people who had not been fully vaccinated were more likely to be vaccinated. The chances of hospitalization are 10 times and 11 times higher. COVID-19 is more likely to die. Compared to those who were fully vaccinated.
Chicago, like other major cities in the United States, requires city employees to be vaccinated against the corona virus, emphasizing that public servants, especially police officers and firefighters Like, vaccination protects not only employees but also people in the community. Law enforcement officers across the country from San Francisco to the dangers of Cove 19. Los Angeles Denver has resisted the vaccine mandate.
Resistance among many law enforcement officers may be due to misinformation that has led many other Americans to oppose the vaccine. Experts say. Recent vaccination rates among Chicago police officers were not available, as the figures could not be traced and the union aims to thwart an attempt by the city this week to gather the information. In May, after the shots became widely available, About a third of the officers were known. One has received the vaccine, while others have been vaccinated outside the channels that have identified them as officers.
“When life-saving vaccines are readily available, we do not want to lose more police officers for Code-19 deaths,” Lightfoot said. He cited a recent one. Reports According to the New York Times, the leading cause of death for police officers in 2020 and 2021 was COVID-19 infection.
Cotton Zara said the union would file a lawsuit against the mandate, alleging that the city did not have the authority to vaccinate or to ask its officials about the status of the vaccine. “He is threatening to sue,” Lightfoot said.
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