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New York Mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday that 1,430 public-sector workers in the city were fired for failing to meet a Feb. 11 deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
As many as 4,000 city workers were given notice in January to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Three-quarters of those workers had already been on leave without pay for months, having missed an earlier deadline for getting vaccinated in order to stay on the job.
In a statement on Monday, the mayor suggested that the workers chose to leave their jobs by refusing to get vaccinated.
“Our goal was always to vaccinate, not terminate,” Adams said. “And city workers stepped up and met the goal placed before them.”
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