The nation’s largest police power continues to be struggling to get its cops vaccinated towards COVID-19 — with the newest figures exhibiting simply 43 p.c have gotten the jab, The Submit has realized.
The revelation comes as Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced Wednesday he was ordering all metropolis well being care staff who’re unvaccinated to get examined weekly and mentioned he was “taking a look at” obligatory vaccinations because the Delta variant continues to unfold throughout the nation.
An NYPD spokesman instructed The Submit Wednesday afternoon 43 p.c of its uniformed and civilian staff — or simply over 23,000 of its complete 54,000 workforce — have been vaccinated.
That’s up solely 2 factors from early June and 4 factors from when the division’s vaccination charge was first reported in Could.
As compared, the FDNY has a roughly 55 p.c vaccination charge, a fireplace spokeswoman mentioned.
The police division didn’t reply when requested if it will require its officers, who’ve a number of the most interactions with the general public out of all metropolis staff, to get examined weekly.
The division has repeatedly mentioned it has “stopped quick” of mandating the vaccine as a result of they imagine it “would doubtless face prolonged authorized challenges.”
A scan of fashionable Large Apple police boards Wednesday revealed a minimum of a handful of commenters spreading misinformation in regards to the vaccine and illness — which has prompted a crackdown by the NYPD.
“The NYPD has produced and distributed two movies encouraging NYPD personnel to be vaccinated and two extra movies are in manufacturing,” a police spokesman mentioned.
“That mentioned, our latest inner messaging focuses on addressing rumors, misinformation and issues with vaccination,” he added.
The NYPD was hit laborious by the primary wave of the coronavirus, resulting in greater than 55 deaths among the many uninformed and civilians members.
NYPD Sgt. Joe Imperatrice, the founding father of Blue Lives Matter NYC, instructed The Submit he determined to get the Johnson & Johnson shot a couple of months in the past.
“I had COVID again in March and after experiencing how dangerous it made me really feel, I made a decision a couple of months thereafter to [it],” he mentioned. “One, as a result of it is just one shot, and two, as a result of my son has extreme bronchial asthma so I need to shield him if I can.”
“And three, as a result of I had sufficient of getting examined each time I needed to do one thing native requiring it.”