A Staten Island judge on Wednesday shot down a last-ditch attempt by the NYPD’s largest police union to fight the city’s mandate ordering cops to get jabbed this week.
Staten Island Supreme Court Judge Lizette Colon ruled that Mayor Bill de Blasio can enforce his COVID-19 vaccine mandate that requires all city workers, including members of the NYPD, to get their first dose by Friday 5 p.m. — or else be placed on unpaid leave.
Just over 73 percent of the department’s workforce, which includes nearly 35,000 uniformed officers and just under 18,000 civilian employees, have been vaccinated as of Tuesday, with hundreds more having lined up to get the jab since.
The Police Benevolent Association filed its lawsuit in Staten Island Supreme Court Monday, seeking a temporary restraining order in the enforcement of the mayor’s executive order on vaccines, which is in line with city school staffers.
The union argued the vaccine-or-test policy was working just fine, but Colon ruled after a hearing Wednesday the mayor had the power to roll out stricter vaccine policies.
The NYPD has struggled to get its vaccination rate up over the last 10 months despite being allowed to jump the line early to get inoculated against the deadly virus.
One of the biggest upticks in the departments vaccination rate came late in the summer as the department enacted stricter masking policies for unvaxxed cops and when nearly 5,000 school safety police officers were mandated to get the jab.
COVID-19 has led to the deaths of 63 members of service.