Despite the recent decision to repeal New York City’s Covid-19 mandates, the unvaccinated are still being punished. New York City mayor Eric Adams announced that professional athletes and performers would no longer be constricted by a vaccine mandate however the roughly 1,400 city workers who were fired will still be punished.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“Not at this time,” Mr. Adams said, when asked if he would rehire unvaccinated city employees who were let go. “We are not reviewing if we are going to bring [them] back,” he said.
He also thanked the more than 340,000 New York City employees who have gotten vaccinated.
“I want to take my hat off to those countless number of New Yorkers, municipal employees, that understood what we were going through as a city,” he said. “They stood up and did the right thing.”
Requirements that new city workers be vaccinated against the virus and that New York City players and performers couldn’t perform in the city without being vaccinated went into effect under former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.
Many have taken issue with Adams’ decision not to re-hire the unvaccinated workers.
“If the mandate isn’t necessary for famous people, then it’s not necessary for the cops who are protecting our city in the middle of a crime crisis,” New York City’s Police Benevolent Association said in a statement. “While celebrities were in lockdown, New York City police officers were on the street throughout the pandemic.”