It’s Vaccine or Test for NYPD — or Go Home Without Pay

It’s Vaccine or Test for NYPD — or Go Home Without Pay

By Tina Moore and Craig McCarthy, NY Post

Unvaccinated members of the NYPD will soon have to provide a negative COVID-19 test or be sent home without pay, The Post has learned.

The new guidelines, which fall in line with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order on coronavirus protocols for city workers in response to the highly contagious Delta variant, go into effect on Monday.

Under the police policy obtained by The Post, civilian and uniformed members of the NYPD who haven’t yet gotten jabbed must get a PCR or a rapid PCR test every seven days and upload the results to an internal tracking system.

The test must be done while off duty and within seven days of reporting, but the NYPD will soon make available 15 free testing sites, the memo reads.

At-home antigen tests will not be accepted by the department, according to the memo.

“Members of the Service who fail to comply with this directive will not be permitted to work and will be ineligible to receive pay for each day of noncompliance,” the memo reads.

Supervisors will also have a daily masking roll call report for each tour to see which cops have to wear face coverings, according to a separate police memo sent out to supervisors.

The NYPD’s largest police union, the Police Benevolent Association, told its members the policy is “contrary to our previous conversations with the Department.”

“In the PBA’s view, any testing mandated by the Department must be conducted on job time and at the city’s expensee, and any test received outside of the MOS’s regular working hours should be subject to overtime compensation,” PBA President Pat Lynch wrote Wednesday evening to cops in an email obtained by The Post.

Lynch added that the PBA will take the matter up with the Board of Collective Bargaining and cops should make detailed notes of their testing time.

Three of the other police unions, the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, Captain’s Endowment Association and the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, echoed the PBA’s response in statements to The Post and said they would pursue similar avenues.

The testing requirements come as the NYPD struggles to get more than half of its just under 35,000 uniformed officers and nearly 18,000 civilian members vaccinated.

The vaccination rate was 47 percent as of Aug. 20. The NYPD has not provided an updated figure.

Police supervisors told The Post they understand the move to try to force cops’ hand to get the jab — but they also feel frustrated to be stuck in the middle of a debate over the vaccine.

“I don’t want to have to ask a guy about their vaccination status because if I pull them off a detail and they lose overtime, they are going to accuse me of discrimination,” said one police source, who is fully vaccinated.

“These guys aren’t going to sue Shea, they are going to sue me and he’s going to be out of here with a cushy City Hall gig or something,” the source added.

The NYPD issued a stricter masking policy for unvaccinated cops last month, forcing cops without proof of vaccination on file to essentially wear a face covering at all times.

The policy also requires masks whenever an officer is “interacting with members of the public” — regardless of vaccination status.

But days later, the city’s top cop and other police brass were spotted flouting the new rules — the latest example of the NYPD ignoring coronavirus guidelines since the pandemic started.

The head of the captain’s union, Chris Monahan, said, “Any mandates from the City of New York requiring testing must be on job time.”

“The CEA intends to file an improper practice if the policy does not change.” Louis Turco, president of the LBA, said this policy “is a mandatory subject of bargaining.”

“Neither the NYPD nor the City negotiated with us,” he said.

“So we are exploring all our options.” SBA head said that “it should also be noted department Administrative Bulletin was never signed or indicated under whose authority this was issued.”

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