Several thousand protesters led by New York City firefighters have gathered outside of the New York City Mayor's mansion to rally against the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
The head of New York City's firefighters union said on Wednesday (Oct. 27) that he has advised unvaccinated members to disregard Mayor Bill de Blasio's order placing city workers on unpaid leave if they didn't get vaccinated.
"I have told my members that if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," Andrew Ansbro said during a news conference.
"If they are told they cannot work, it will be the department and city of New York that sends them home. And it will be the department and the city of New York that has failed to protect the citizens of New York," he added.
According to Ansbro, New York City firefighters felt "insulted" by de Blasio's order as they had risked their health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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