Arbitrator rules Chicago police must be vaccinated against COVID-19, Lightfoot said
Arbitrator rules Chicago police must be vaccinated against COVID-19, Lightfoot said

Arbitrator rules Chicago police must be vaccinated against COVID-19, Lightfoot said

After months of waiting, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that an arbitrator has made the decision Chicago police officers must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We have received an order from the arbitrator, who had considered the city’s vaccine mandate as it relates to the FOP and the supervisory boards. The arbitrator ruled that the vaccine mandate for sworn members is valid and that the complaints lodged are rejected.” said the mayor during a press conference after a meeting of the Chicago City Council.

Lightfoot added that the arbitrator has set specific dates for officers who have not yet been vaccinated to get the first dose and second dose. She said the date has not been announced yet, but that her office will soon share more information.

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Back in October 2021, tensions was heated between Mayor Lightfoot and Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara after some members of the police union refused to be vaccinated or even report their vaccine status in the city’s online portal.

A few dozen officers were put in a “non-pay” status, and Catanzara accused Lightfoot of trying to divide the congregation.

On Nov. 1, a Cook County judge determined that Chicago police officers did not need to be vaccinated for the time being, but that they should report their vaccine status to the city.

This is a development story.

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