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Vaccine-or-Testing Requirement Has UFA, DEA and EMS Local Angry

Posted 8/2/21

Mayor de Blasio's decision to mandate effective Sept. 13 that all municipal workers get a coronavirus vaccine or submit to weekly testing is getting significant pushback from the unions representing uniformed workers—with some exceptions.

"We are against anyone being forced to be vaccinated and we are pro-vaccine, but we are pro-choice," Andy Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, during a July 26 phone interview. "We demand that any COVID testing be on duty, on city time and they have a precedent in this with the bio pod strategy they use for the flu shots and the COVID antibody testing."

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