Police and firefighters may leave jobs over vaccine

We already have seen how coronavirus vaccine mandates have led to worker shortages in some areas, such as health care.

Now, Fox News reports that, as the result of coronavirus vaccine mandates, we may soon see a large number of policemen and firefighters leaving their jobs. 

One example

One area of the country where we may see this exodus is in Los Angeles, California.

There, Mayor Eric Garcetti has put out an order requiring every government employee, including policemen and firefighters, to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by October 19th. Medical and religious exemptions are allowed, but Garcetti has vowed to “carefully” vet each request.

In response, about 900 Los Angeles firefighters, so far, have threatened to sue Los Angeles if they are fired without due process for not being vaccinated by Garcetti’s deadline. The firefighters claim that the city is trying to intimidate them into getting vaccinated.

The lawyer representing them has put out a statement saying:

Our intent to sue is because of the intentional infliction of emotional distress by the fire chiefs against the firefighters. The fire chiefs know each employee is due full due process as a public employee in California.

The due process the firefighters want is, at a minimum, a hearing. 900 represents about 25 percent of the city’s firefighters, and if these 900 employees were to leave that would likely lead to devastating shortages.

Some more examples

In various areas around the country, there is also the possibility that a significant number of policemen could be leaving their jobs because of coronavirus vaccine mandates.

In Los Angeles, for example, only about 50 percent of the city’s 12,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees have been vaccinated so far. About 2,600 are expected to try for a religious exemption.

In Seattle, Washington, about 20 percent of the city’s police officers, which is about 200, still have not indicated their vaccination status. There, like in Los Angeles, the mayor is requiring government employees to get vaccinated by October 18th. Officials have already admitted that the loss of these 200 employees would be “devastating.”

And, one other place where we may see this is in New York City. There, Mayor Bill de Blasio is contemplating a vaccine mandate for the city’s 36,000 police officers. So far, reports indicate that about 68 percent of the officers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

This is certainly a situation worth keeping an eye on.

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