NEW YORKERS WILL BE NEW YORKERS!
In an effort to follow the new federal vaccine mandate, several dozen NYC workers have been suspended without pay as a part of an investigation into the use of fake COVID vaccine cards.
According to NY Times The Department of Sanitation has cracked down on several workers that used fake COVID vaccination cards. A city official is leading an investigation which will include a thorough review of vaccination records, to determine how widespread the fraud might be.
The mandate took effect on November 1st, and roughly 9,000 city workers who had not received the shot were placed on unpaid leave, with thousands more applying for exemptions on medical or religious grounds. In the past month, vaccination rates have risen across city agencies, particularly in places like the Fire and Police Department where opposition to the mandate had taken a strong hold.
The Department of Sanitation garnered particular attention for a single day increase of nine percentage points – taking it’s ranks to 76 percent vaccinated from 67 percent almost overnight, according to City Hall.
The possibility that some of those vaccinations might have been fraudulent has shaken the department. A vast majority of the roughly 10,000 sanitation workers – over 87 percent – have received at least one shot, according to a city spokesman.
”These are very concerning allegations, and we take them very seriously,” said Vincent Gragnani, press secretary for the sanitation department, said on Sunday. “Getting vaccinated is important to public health, and we do not tolerate anyone faking something that is a requirement of city employment.” He confirmed that the department was “actively investigating this situation,” in coordination with the city’s Department of Investigation.
New Yorkers will be New Yorkers and as we watch this investigation unfold, we just want this PANDEMIC to hurry up and end!