Chicago, IL – Mayor Lightfoot clashed with the city’s Police Union after announcing during a press conference that there would be consequences for unvaccinated city employees. The Union disagrees with Lightfoot about whether or not the requirement applies to their members.
In a statement, the Police union said that the deadline only applied to testing for the coronavirus and would not impact pay for any of their members. The Union also said that reporting of their vaccination status was voluntary.
However, Mayor Lightfoot denied any leeway for Police union members and that they were expected to be fully vaccinated by October 15.
“Every employee in the City of Chicago has to be vaccinated. I haven’t gotten the full reading from the meeting today, but it is foolish that we buried four police officers who have died of COVID. We just last week memorialized their stars at CPD headquarters.” – Mayor Lightfoot.
Mayor Lightfoot also stated that it was “foolish to be trying to take a victory lap when so much is at stake. Unfortunately, that is in keeping with the leadership of the Fraternal Order of Police. They will be vaccinated.”
Friday was the last day to get the vaccine because it takes two full weeks to go into effect. So to be considered fully vaccinated, city employees must have gotten their shot by Friday to meet the deadline of being fully vaccinated by October 15.
In Lightfoot’s news conference, she did not specifically say the consequences for those who are not fully vaccinated. She just stated that further action would be taken.
“What I’m saying is there will be consequences if people are not complying with what the policy is by October 15,” – Mayor Lightfoot.
Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, contradicted the mayor by stating that those who were not vaccinated by October 15 would be subject to coronavirus testing requirements.
Meanwhile, as Lightfoot focuses on ensuring city employees get the vaccine, she continues to neglect the fact that crime in Chicago continues to rise. Maybe her efforts could be better utilized to protect the residents of Chicago.