FDNY firefighters began receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday-but the planned NYPD shooting program was cancelled, and the union memo cited the state’s postponement.
Firefighter Martha Brekke said: “I am protected because I want to protect the people I love, the people I work with and the people they love.”
“I just think it’s important to take care of as many people as possible.”
Between the three headquarters-the headquarters and the Fire Academy on Randall Island and the EMS Academy in Totburg, Queens-FDNY can now vaccinate approximately 450 members per day.
This includes EMS staff, who started receiving the vaccine last week.
In the face of a survey conducted by the Unified Firefighters Association earlier this month, the plan has been launched, which showed that more than half of smokers would refuse the vaccine.
Andy Ansbro, the chairman of the union, expressed his reluctance, partly because of the “real educational issue”
He said: “I hope this will bring the city and the country back on track.”
Ansbro praised the recent efforts of the fire department and the union to dispel the fear of firefighters through information, and is cautiously optimistic that they seem to be working.
“The union accepted the question and answer from the virologist, and we have answered all the questions sent to us by members. In fact, about dozens of members contacted me and said that the work we did changed their minds.”
“At present, it seems that thousands of members have signed the agreement, which is very encouraging.”
FDNY said on Tuesday that more than 1,000 urban EMS workers have received the vaccination.
There are approximately 4,400 FDNY EMS workers and 11,000 firefighters.
But when the brave line up, the best people have been waiting.
A memo circulated within the American Detective Foundation Association on Monday stated that the planned launch for the police on Tuesday was shelved due to supply problems in the state.
The memo reads: “New York State has not released vaccines in the number of New York Police Departments.”
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea confirmed this in an extensive briefing on Tuesday morning, noting that the department is “anxiously waiting” for their jab.
The head of the union criticized the government’s bureaucracy.
DEA President Paul DiGiacomo said in a statement: “Due to the delay in providing the COVID-19 vaccine to the New York Police Department, the lives of the police and the New Yorkers we serve are in serious danger.”
He continued: “As we continue to ensure people’s safety, provide medical assistants and respond to calls for help, detectives have thousands of close contacts with the public every day.” “After the deaths of six detectives and the current rise in the number of viruses, DEA members need The vaccine can leave another family miserably behind-they need it now.”
The department said that forty-eight members of the New York Police Department died of the coronavirus.
Patrick Lynch, head of the Police Charity Association, agreed with DiGiacomo.
He said in a statement: “Albany and City Hall politicians are once again wasting time on bureaucratic gymnastics instead of looking at reality on the ground.” “The New York City police are not only on the front line. We cover every part of the front line.” : From hospitals and buildings to corner shops.
“We have more daily contacts with New Yorkers than any other city institution,” Lynch continued. “We have been urging to provide vaccines to the police as soon as possible.”
A spokesperson for the State Department of Health said that the vaccine is serving the police, but priority groups are still being vaccinated, including frontline medical personnel and nursing home personnel.
Gary Holmes said: “NYPD as the first responder met the conditions in stage 1b and has not changed. Any suggestion that we refuse to provide vaccines is obviously wrong.” “We are still in the middle stage of stage 1a, including the first line. Medical staff, nursing homes and certain general care facilities.
“Time depends on the availability of the vaccine. We look forward to working with the New York Police Department and all first responders to implement the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Because they are trained and certified to extinguish fires and manage emergency medical services, firefighters meet the conditions of the first stage.
Shea said earlier this month that NYPD personnel would not be forced to use the vaccine, but later opened the door for them to become a required course.