Police unions and officers in the
US are taking legal action in an effort to block vaccine mandates, amid fears that compulsory vaccinations could leave forces across the country shortstaffed.
John Catanzara, president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Policing, said about half his members have not been vaccinated. He called a mandate requiring vaccinations “absolutely wrong”.
He said his members were willing to forgo pay to take a stand over vaccines, and that the city could not afford to lose officers. “You know, the reality is we have a profession nobody else wants to do right now,” he was quoted as saying by NBC. “They cannot get anybody to go into this police academy.”
In Los Angeles County, the sheriff, Alex Villanueva, has said he will defy a mandate by not forcing his 18,000 employees to prove their vaccination status. “I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10% of my workforce overnight,” he said last week.
Hundreds of police officers in San Diego said they would consider quitting instead of complying with a vaccination mandate. In Seattle, the police department sent detectives and non-patrol officers to emergency calls this week because of a shortage of patrol officers.
Nearly 300 of Seattle’s 1,000 uniformed officers had failed to file paperwork proving they were vaccinated or were seeking an exemption, the mayor’s office said. The president of the city’s police union said force had lost some 300 officers over the past 18 months and that he anticipates another “mass exodus” in the coming weeks.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/oct/16/covid-live-new-zealand-vaccinates-25-of-population-in-a-day-uk-investigates-testing-errors