Lori Lightfoot, the ultra-liberal Mayor of Chicago, recently remarked that all employees of the city will “absolutely” face mandated vaccines. However, the leading police union recently vowed that it would take actions against Lightfoot if this mandate is formalized.
In a statement to Fox 32, John Catanzara remarked that the union is 100 percent opposed to “mandated vaccines for our members.” Catanzara is the President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President, which represents several law enforcement officers.
In addition, Catanzara also added that the vaccine does not have any studies available regarding the long-term consequences of the long-term side effects.
“None,” he added for emphasis in a similar-minded statement to the Chicago Sun Times.
Consequently, “to mandate anybody to get that vaccine, without that data as a baseline, amongst other issues, is a ‘Hell, no’ for us.”
Negotiations regarding the specifics of vaccine mandates have been occurring with several other unions, and Lightfoot has not revealed when such mandates may start occurring for the approximately 33,000 city employees.
However, Lightfoot has vocally supported a “vaccine mandate” for employees across the city at a recent press conference, which took place just hours after the agency granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are 16 years or older. This approval moved the COVID vaccine past the stage of emergency clearance.
In addition, the FDA also noted that the pharmaceutical companies have committed to conducting various post-marketing safety studies.
According to Lightfoot, Chicago city employees “are absolutely going to be required to be vaccinated,” in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. Lightfoot also added that the discussions are current being worked through, and they have also “been ongoing now for a couple of weeks with our colleagues in organized labor that represent city employees.”
Lightfoot insisted that Chicago absolutely must “have a vaccine mandate,” given that the mandate is intended “for the safety of all involved,” especially various members of the public who routinely interface with city employees on a daily basis.
“[It is also] important for colleagues to feel … like they have a workplace that [is safe],” Lightfoot continued, which is why “a vaccine mandate from the city will come,” with “specific announcements” to be expected in the next few days.
The city of Chicago also recently reinstated its indoor mask mandates last Friday, with Cook County following on Monday.
Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President, recently issued an executive order on Friday regarding vaccine mandates, noting that all county employees must receive vaccination by October 15. In addition, employees of Chicago Public Schools have until October 15 to receive their own mandated vaccines, unless they have an exemption for medical or religious purposes.
Across New York City, all employees will also have to show proof of vaccination, or face being subjected to weekly COVID tests by the middle of September. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made these announcements in July.