Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Across the country, more vaccination mandates are coming due. At least two major cities are bracing for a potential shortage of police officers. As police unions have clashed with local governments over the legality of the mandates.
Police officers in Chicago and Seattle face a Monday deadline. To report their vaccination status. It’s unclear how many police are prepared to defy the order.
Friday, a judge barred the police union president in Chicago from talking about the mandate on social media after he encouraged officers to walk off the job.
John Catanzara Jr., Fraternal Order of Police President said, “Any sergeant, lieutenant, captain or above who gives you an order to go in that vaccination portal – it is not valid. You are able to refuse that order.”
In Texas, the governor has barred vaccine mandates by executive order. Some companies, including Southwest and American Airlines, plan to go forward with theirs anyway.
“Under the supremacy clause, federal law trumps state law. So, we’re going to go with the federal government. And I think in the court of law, they’ll eventually win,” said Mark P. Jones, Rice University Political Science Professor.
Despite their controversial nature, the numbers show mandates have been effective. Most organizations report the vast majority of their workforces are opting to get the shot.
Those figures, along with data showing new cases and hospitalizations on the decline nationwide. They are fueling optimism the U.S. could avoid another serious wave of the pandemic.
Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director said, “We still have approximately 66 million who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not vaccinated. The degree to which we can continue to come down in that slope will depend on how well we do about getting more people vaccinated.”
Fauci says most Americans will still need a booster shot. Though right now, there’s no timetable on when they’ll receive widespread approval.
In New York, Laura Ingle, FOX news.