Court Orders NYC to Reinstate Unvaccinated Employees

Court Orders NYC to Reinstate Unvaccinated Employees
Photo: Sipa USA/AP [via New York Post]

The Facts

  • NY state Supreme Court Judge Ralph Porzio on Monday ruled that New York City must rehire and give back pay to city employees who were fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID.

  • The ruling concluded that the vaccine mandate was arbitrary and capricious, adding that, "being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting COVID-19."

The Spin

Republican narrative

Firing first responders did nothing to make NYC safer, it simply put hardworking New Yorkers out of a job and shrank the city's police, fire, and healthcare forces. Furthermore, if Adams truly believed in the science of the mandate, he wouldn't have lifted it for professional athletes and performers while excluding city workers.

Democratic narrative

The vaccine requirement was firmly grounded in both health and law, which is why several other courts have previously upheld the mandate and the city will file an appeal. The mandate isn't an arbitrarily enforced compliance, it's a strategically placed law to protect both workers and the public.

Nerd narrative

There's a 24% chance that any US state will re-implement a general indoor mask mandate before Feb 1, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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