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Thousands of New York City police officers, firefighters and city employees have been placed on unpaid leave Monday for refusing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

According to data released by the New York City Mayor’s Office, as of last night, 22,800 municipal workers were unvaccinated.

“Nine thousand people [were] placed on leave without pay today,” Mitch Schwartz, a spokesman for the mayor, told Fox News. “The rest are in various stages of having their accommodation requests reviewed. They can be at work.”

“We’re here today because of a mandate that was put on the, you know, our members, but also on all New York City employees given nine days to make a life changing decision on their career or whether or not they can take a vaccine,” Andy Ansbro, the president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association union said Monday.
Meanwhile, fire union officials called on Mayor Bill …

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