Chicago Police Department (CPD) vowed court action against Mayor Lori Lightfoot after she said vaccine would be mandated for ALL city employees.
Mayor Lightfoot told a press conference on Monday that shots ‘are absolutely going to be required’ hours after the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for over-16s.
The ruling prompted the Pentagon to order all 800,000 active-duty service members to receive the vaccine, while private companies such as Delta Airlines and Goldman Sachs also advised their employees to do so.
But Chicago police union boss John Catanzara told Fox News: “This vaccine has no studies for long-term side effects or consequences. None.”
“To mandate anybody to get that vaccine, without that data as a baseline, amongst other issues, is a “hell, no” for us. We are 100% against mandated vaccines for our members,” he added.
Lightfoot’s negotiations with several unions are still ongoing, and no date has been set for when a requirement for the city’s 33,000 employees will go into effect.
At a press conference on Monday, she said: “We’re working through those discussions which have been ongoing now for a couple weeks with our colleagues in organized labor that represent city employees.”
“But we absolutely have to have a vaccine mandate,” she added.
“It’s for the safety of all involved, particularly members of the public who are interacting with city employees on a daily basis. It’s important for colleagues to also feel like they have a workplace that’s safe.”
“So a vaccine mandate from the city will come, and we’ll make specific announcements in the coming days,” Chicago Mayor said.
CPD president John Catanzara is not alone in fighting her on the mask mandates.
“It ain’t just our guys. It’s the sergeants, lieutenants and captains. This is a united front. … It’s no longer John Catanzara’s big mouth, like they like to spin it all the time,” Catanzara told the Chicago Sun Times on Wednesday.
“This has literally lit a bomb underneath the membership. … And what are they gonna do when four or five thousand coppers say, “Screw you. I’m staying home. You’re not making me get this f—ing vaccination. Don’t pay me. That’s fine. We’ll see you in court.”
“You’re not gonna pay me. You’re gonna make me stay home. But you’re gonna have thousands of coppers willing to stay home, not getting paid to not get a vaccine and then, what are you gonna do for manpower on the streets?’ he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday Americans can expect many more vaccine mandates now that a jab is fully authorized.
“You’re gonna see a lot more [vaccine] mandates because there will be institutions and organizations which previously were reluctant to require vaccinations, which will now feel much more empowered to do that,” Fauci said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“That could be organizations, businesses, colleges, universities. We’re even seeing it with the military already.”