In a video leaked by a whistleblower in the New York City Police Department, NYPD Commissioner Dermont Shea urges police officers to take the $ 500 bonus and meet the mayor’s vaccine mandate by Friday, or else unpaid leave will be posted on Monday when the city’s verification of vaccine status increases.
“We are here at the end of the wire. It’s now Wednesday morning. By Friday, you are supposed to have been vaccinated, ”the top police warned in an internal video memo circulated among NYPD staff on Wednesday.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio initially tried to bribe the public by offering freebies – along with fast-food chains like Shake Shack to offer free burgers to the public in exchange for being vaccinated. .
In September, the Democratic mayor persuaded city workers to get the first vaccine with a $ 100 bonus offer. Unable to force one hundred percent of the workers to comply, many chose to take a weekly Covid test instead of getting the sample, which the mayor asked to increase the vaccine reward money to $ 500 before the deadline of 1 November.
Police officers who have not yet complied with the vaccine mandate will still be eligible for a $ 500 bonus incentive if they follow the mayor’s before Friday, Shea assured.
“What does it mean if you are not vaccinated? Well, what that means is starting from Monday, you will be placed in a no-pay status. I know there are a lot of questions about this. I wish I had all the answers. I’m not doing this at this time. “Some of this is still being worked out with the town hall and collective bargaining and trade unions and things of that nature,” he said. “You must be vaccinated by Friday. In fact, they still do this $ 500 if you get vaccinated between October 20 and October 29, and that’s Friday’s date. “
Those who refuse to get the vaccine by Monday can kiss their job goodbye, the commissioner continued.
“On Monday when this thing is really enforced, we are going to check your vaccination status and if you are not vaccinated, no payment, and you will not be able to work,” he said.
The prospect of no pay will force workers to comply, De Blasio boasted on Thursday.
“We expected a lot of the vaccinations to happen by the end of the deadline,” the Democratic mayor said. “We also know that many people make the decision as soon as they really realize that they will not be paid. It’s just human reality. ”
On Tuesday, about 73 percent of the department’s workforce, which includes nearly 35,000 officers in uniform and just under 18,000 civilian employees, was vaccinated, the New York Post reported. reports.
While hundreds more queuing to get the sting before Friday, the vaccine mandate results in a series of NYPD retirement. The dwindling police force will further hamper the department’s ability to keep the Big Apple safe.
Liberal push to “repay the police” led to rising crime rates in the city. In July, De Blasio supported a city council vote to reduce the police budget by $ 1 billion, causing crime to increase, delaying police response times and retiring more than 5,300 uniformed officers – an increase of 75 percent from the year before.