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Mayhem About to Reign Down on NYC as 5p.m. Friday Vax Deadline Approaches

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Mayhem is about to descend upon New York City as the COVID-19 vaccine mandate goes into play and “thousands of municipal workers remain unwilling to get the shots” reports the Associated Press. “Police officers, firefighters, garbage collectors, and most other city workers face a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to show proof they’ve gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Starting Monday, those who do not comply with the mandate will be placed on unpaid leave beginning Monday. Despite tens of thousands rallying and protesting in the big apple this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio is not backing down.

“Sanitation workers appeared to be skipping garbage pick-ups in protest and the city’s largest police union went to an appeals court seeking a halt to the vaccine requirement” reports the AP. All things point to “mounting trash. Closed firehouses. Fewer police and ambulances on the street.”

Mayor de Blasio claims the city has contingencies to maintain adequate staffing for public safety, including mandatory overtime and extra shifts; he called them tools that are typically used “in times of challenging crisis.” The mayor said “my job is to keep 8.8 million people safe” at a virtual news briefing where he called the sanitation slowdowns “unacceptable” and announced that the department will be forced to move to 12-hour and Sunday shifts to ensure trash doesn’t pile up.

Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association warned that the resulting longer response times will “be a death sentence to some people.” President of the Police Benevolent Association, Pat Lynch, stated the deadline “sets the city up for a real crisis.”

The Associated Press reports:

Nearly one-quarter of city employees covered by the impending mandate have yet to receive at least one vaccine dose as of Thursday, including 26% of police personnel, 29% of firefighters and EMS workers and 33% of sanitation workers, according to city-data. City jail guards have another month to comply.

The fire department said it was prepared to close up to 20% of its fire companies and have 20% fewer ambulances in service while changing schedules, canceling vacations and turning to outside EMS providers to make up for expected staffing shortages.
Ansbro said up to 40% of firehouses could have to close.

“The department must manage the unfortunate fact that a portion of our workforce has refused to comply with a vaccine mandate for all city employees,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, who had COVID-19 in January, said his department was sending reminders to workers whose records indicated they hadn’t yet received a shot and that NYPD vaccination sites will remain open all weekend.

More than 700 officers were vaccinated on Thursday alone, the NYPD said, rushing to meet the deadline for the mandate and an extra incentive: workers who get a shot by Friday at a city-run vaccination site will get $500.

“On Monday, when this thing really starts being enforced, we’re going to check the vaccination status and if you’re not vaccinated, no pay and you’re going to be not able to work,” Shea said in a video message Wednesday to officers. “I don’t think anyone wants that to happen. I don’t think you want it to happen. I certainly don’t. We need you out there.”

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Doocy Grills Biden On His Promise To ‘Shut Down The Virus’

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On Friday, President Biden was questioned about a recent op-ed written under his name in USA Today in which he laid out a plan to “beat [COVID-19] back.”

The op-ed said, “We are going to fight COVID-19 not with shutdowns or lockdowns – but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more. We will beat it back with science and speed, not chaos and confusion – just as we did in the spring and again with the more powerful delta variant in the summer and fall.”

Reporters noted that the language appears to be a shift in the goalposts after Biden repeatedly promised to “shut down the virus” during his presidential campaign last year.

“So on COVID policy, it seems like the administration is starting to soften some of the language,” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy said. “There’s this new op-ed where you talk about COVID, ‘We are going to beat it back.’ Are you no longer going to ‘shut it down?’”

“We got to beat it back before we shut it down,” Biden responded. “Look, it’s going to take time worldwide. In order to beat COVID, we have to shut it down worldwide. In the United States of America. We’re doing everything that needs to be done to take care of the American people within our borders.”

 

As Fox News reported, “Biden routinely promised on the campaign trail that he would ‘shut down’ the virus if elected. Biden regularly asserted that it was former President Trump’s ‘ineptitude’ that ‘caused the country to have to shut down in large part,’ and assured voters that his administration would take care of the pandemic more efficiently.”

However, more than 350,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since President Biden’s inauguration day – far more than the number under the Trump administration – and even Biden is warning that COVID-19 numbers are about to surge again.

“Experts say that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise in the weeks ahead this winter, and that we will see more omicron cases here in the United States in the days, weeks and months ahead,” Biden’s USA Today op-ed said. “I know that Americans are exhausted from COVID-19 and want to know when it will end, and the new variant is adding to that unease.”

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This California Town Declared Itself ‘Constitutional Republic’ in Defiance of COVID Vaccine Mandates

As a constitutional republic, leaders “pledge to fight mandates they say go too far” reports the San Francisco Gate.

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Oroville, California

One California town is utilizing the U.S. Constitution and rejecting Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate that requires schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Oroville, California has officially declared itself a “constitutional republic.” As a constitutional republic, leaders “pledge to fight mandates they say go too far” reports the San Francisco Gate.

Oroville’s Vice Mayor Scott Thomson is the father of two young boys and says the mandate for children was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “He believed the government had no right to tell him what to put into his, or his children’s bodies. Many of his constituents agreed when it came to pandemic mandates” writes the SF Gate.

Thomson felt he and his constituents were left with no choice, and so he declared Oroville a constitutional republic. The declaration passed by the City Council reads:

“Any executive orders issued by the State of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights will not be enforced by the City of Oroville against its citizens”

Thomson has said that “the desire here is dialogue” rather than sweeping mandates. Oroville is a city of only 20,000 but is rapidly growing, as in recent years it has determined itself to be a sanctuary of place “otherwise exempt from some liberal ideal.”

Oroville is not the first California town to be rebelling. Two years ago, the town of Needles became a “sanctuary city” for the Second Amendment. The move was in defiance of California’s strict gun control laws.

Other towns such as Atwater and Coalinga declared themselves as a “sanctuary city for business” and a town where all businesses are essential, as a consequence of the state’s strict pandemic shutdown orders.

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