Chicago Police Union Pushes Back on Vaccine Mandate

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In Chicago, as in many other cities and states across the country, public employees have been told by officials that they must get vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus or face losing their jobs and/or income.

Included in Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s mandate is the city’s police force, but the union president representing them is calling for officers to defy the requirement to submit their vaccination status to the city of by midnight Friday. City employees — including police officers — who do not attest to their vaccine status by the deadline will be placed on unpaid leave unless Lightfoot alters her mandate.

“It’s safe to say the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50 percent or less for this weekend coming up,” warned Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President John Catanzara in a video message ahead of Lightfoot’s vaccine deadline. “That is not because of the FOP,” he added. “That is 100 percent because of the mayor’s unwillingness to budge from her hard line. Whatever happens because of that manpower issue, that falls at the mayor’s doorstep.”

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