De Blasio not ruling out mandatory vaccination for NYPD: 'Looking at all options'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did not rule out a mandatory coronavirus vaccine for New York Police Department officers and suggested nothing is off the table.

“We’re looking at all options,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday during his weekly appearance on Brian Lehrer’s WNYC radio show.

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“In the coming days I’ll speak about additional steps for different parts of the city, our workforce and beyond, different things we’re going to be looking at, different things we’re going to be doing,” the mayor added. “But that’s still several days away because we’re doing a very meticulous analysis of what is the next step that makes sense.”

De Blasio has floated a potential vaccine mandate for the NYPD, the nation’s largest police department, for several weeks. The department’s vaccination rate has lagged behind the rest of the city, with some officers flat out refusing to get the shots.

As of Wednesday, 68% of the NYPD’s workforce was vaccinated, according to Commissioner Dermot Shea, compared with 76% of adult New Yorkers who have been fully vaccinated. The NYPD has about 34,500 uniformed personnel and about 17,700 people in non-uniformed support

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