Police, Firefighters Join March Against Vaccine Mandate in New York City

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Thousands of New York City municipal workers, including firefighters, police officer, teachers and sanitation workers, marched on Monday, October 25, in protest against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on October 20, which applies to approximately 160,500 city workers. The deadline for vaccination was set for 5 pm on October 29.

Footage from protester Joe DiGiacomo shows a mass of people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, many holding anti-vaccine placards, as well as people singing and chanting in City Hall Park.

“There’s a lot of people here,” DiGiacomo says to the camera. “De Blasio, you better make up your mind.”

The march prompted the closure of Manhattan-bound lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge for more than two hours, the NYPD said. Credit: Joe DiGiacomo via Storyful