For years, many of us have fought for health choice and our parental rights. We did this alone, with rare media coverage, and rarer support. In 2019, tens of thousands of healthy children lost their right to attend school in the USA because they used religious exemptions to vaccines. We marched in California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, elsewhere. We were considered a fringe group. Few outside our community noticed. Those who did, smeared us. Now, during Covid, Americans are forced to choose between taking a Covid vaccine or losing their jobs. In New York City, firefighters may get pink slips today. FIREFIGHTERS. NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS. 6 weeks ago, we remembered the hundreds of NYFD who lost their jobs on and after 9/11. Like nurses and doctors during the start of Covid, first responders have gone from heroes to zeroes. Let's see what today brings.
UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- With a day to go until NYC's vaccine mandate goes into effect, fire union officials rallied outside Gracie Mansion on Thursday and were joined by other union members and politicians.
Some of those attending were in fact vaccinated, but say they were taking part in the protest as a matter of principle.
Right now 71% of FDNY members are fully vaccinated. Of those vaccinated, 65% of firefighters are vaccinated, 80% of EMS are vaccinated and 83% of civilian members are vaccinated.
If that number doesn't go up by Friday, there are concerns there won't be enough firefighters to staff the city's 218 firehouses.
The union warned Wednesday after some failed negotiations with the city, response times for emergency calls could slow to 15-20 minutes and lives could be put at risk. That's even with forced overtime. Source ABC & New York.