Hundreds of firefighters and police officers in Los Angeles are reportedly fighting back against a new ordinance that mandates city workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early October unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.
The policy was pushed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez, both Democrats. City Council approved the new law 13-0, and it was signed by the mayor last month.
“In order for us, as leaders, to ask Angelenos to get vaccinated, we must set an example as the largest employer in the City of Los Angeles,” said Martinez. “This is us doing our part.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, two allied groups of municipal employees have formed to oppose the mandate.
“Firefighters 4 Freedom” is made up of about 350 L.A. city firefighters, while some sworn and civilian LAPD staffers have joined “Roll Call 4 Freedom.”
“Our goal is to stop the mandated vaccinations for all City employees as well as the