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New York City fires 1,430 municipal workers over vaccine mandate

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New York City fires 1,430 municipal workers over vaccine mandate

Washington, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) New York City on Tuesday fired 1,430 municipal workers after they refused to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit proof of their shots, City Hall confirmed Monday.
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Such a figure represents less than 1% of the city’s 370,000-person workforce.

The workers who were let go fell into two categories: new hires who got their first dose but never submitted proof of their second dose, and staff who were placed on leave without pay and opted out of their health coverage because they refused to get vaccinated.

The city fired just two workers in the first category and 1,428 employees in the second.

Another almost 1,000 city workers in the second category who were on leave without pay chose to get the shot before the termination deadline last week. “Our goal was always to vaccinate, not terminate, and city workers stepped up and met the goal placed before them,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement.

The New York City Department of Education lost 914 staffers to the mandate — significantly more than any other agency and beyond the anticipated figure of about 700 staffers.

Other agencies that fired staff over the vaccine mandate include the New York City Housing Authority (101 layoffs), Department of Correction (75) and Department of Sanitation (40). About 30 agencies, in total, lost staff.

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