Top NYPD Union Promises Legal Action If City Imposes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

The largest police union in New York City is planning to file a lawsuit if the city tries to force police officers to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“If the City attempts to impose a vaccine mandate on PBA members, we will take legal action to defend our members’ right to make such personal medical decisions,” Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch said in an email obtained by the New York Post.

So far, the city hasn’t indicated whether it will impose a vaccine mandate on the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) officers, he added.

City workers in New York must either get a COVID-19 shot or submit to weekly testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, announced last month. More recently, de Blasio announced that teachers and other school staffers must get a vaccine or face termination.

While New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on NY1 last last year that officers wouldn’t be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine, that has changed.- READ MORE