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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was expected to announce a plan to require COVID vaccination for all New York City employees.

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According to NY PostCity workers must get their first shot by November 1. The mandate will include all firefighters and police officers.

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There are approximately 300,000 NYC employees.

Earlier this month, de Blasio said he was looking at “all options” when it came to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for police officers – an idea endorsed by the city’s police commissioner but its Opposed by the largest police union.

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The department’s vaccination rate has lagged behind the rest of the city, with some officials refusing to get the shot.

According to Commissioner Dermot Shea, about 68% of NYPD employees were vaccinated, while 76% of adult New Yorkers were fully vaccinated. The NYPD has about 34,500 uniformed personnel and about 17,700 people in non-uniformed support positions.

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