The Chicago Police and Fire departments continue to lag their city colleagues in compliance with Chicago’s vaccine mandate, but vaccination rates are improving in both departments.
That’s according to city data released this afternoon. Overall reported vaccination rates at the police department picked up a little over 3 percentage points, to 57% from 54% last week. And the reported vaccination rate at the fire department stands at 68%, up from 60% last week. About 59% of Chicago’s population overall is fully vaccinated; statewide, the figure is about 56%. See other COVID figures for the city and state in the charts below.
Still, 30% of CPD employees have not reported their vaccination status to the city, as the new rule requires, and 14% of CFD employees haven’t, either. Overall, the city’s Department of Human Resources reports, as of today 85% of all city workers have confirmed their vaccination status, and of those, 83% are fully vaccinated.
Thirty-one city departments reported full vaccination rates over 80%. Four departments—police, fire, Emergency Management & Communications, and Streets & Sanitation—are under 80%.
Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara appeared at a City Council meeting today to rally against the vaccine mandate and ask aldermen to pass an ordinance, proposed by Alds. Silvana Tabares, 23rd, and Anthony Napolitano, 41st—to essentially roll back the mayor’s mandate. The ordinance, sponsored by a total of 16 City Council members, would make all policies, rules and regulations governing the discipline of city employees—including placing workers on non-disciplinary, no-pay status—subject to council approval. If passed, it would be applied retroactively to the start of the month.
During public comments at today’s meeting, Catanzara asked council members to support the ordinance, threatening those that didn’t support, “We are coming for every one of your damn seats.”
“It is not a queen on that throne, it is a mayor,” Catanzara continued, describing Lightfoot as a “tyrant” and reminding council members they were up in arms about her plans for aldermanic prerogative. Despite Catanzara’s calls, the ordinance was immediately punted to the city’s Rules Committee, where legislation typically languishes. Meanwhile, the city and the FOP are dueling in court over the mandate.
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