Andrew Ansbro, FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association President, speaks during a news conference to address a newly announced COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
UPDATED 6:56 PM PT – Wednesday, October 20, 2021
New York City firefighters are taking a stand against Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.). The Uniformed Firefighters Association revealed it would not be enforcing vaccine mandates on any of its members.
During a press conference Wednesday, the organization made the announcement as a response to the New York citywide mandate. This comes as Mayor de Blasio has ordered all municipal employees to be vaccinated or face unpaid leave.
UFA President Andrew Ansbro, however, made clear they would not be cutting staff, stating it would put their community at risk.
“I’ve told my members that if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty. And if they are told that they cannot work, it will be the department and the city of New York that sends them home and it will be the department and the city of New York that has failed to protect the citizens of the city of New York,” stated Ansbro. “The blame will not be on New York City firefighters.”
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