CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Despite reporting that over two-thirds of Chicago employees have confirmed their vaccination status to the city, Mayor Lightfoot is feeling pressure about the number of police officers who have not.
Union leaders have said nearly one-third of CPD officers have refused to report their vaccination status risking losing their police powers; but Mayor Lightfoot downplayed the numbers, and claimed only a small number have done so and in response, been placed on a no pay status and "disciplinary process will proceed from there."
"What we are seeing is the number of folks who are actually, after being given the opportunities and even a direct order, saying 'no' is very small," Lightfoot said. “I’m not seeing that there’s going to be any disruption in our ability to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
While doubling down and insisting that all city workers comply and get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Mayor said public safety will not be compromised as a result of the ongoing tug-of-war between the city and police union.
“I really hope that the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, who have been fed a lot of stuff, that’s the most polite and appropriate word I can use, are not going to ruin their careers over going to a website and saying 'yes' or 'no,'" Lightfoot said.
"It's a very simple, non-burdensome, non-intrusive process."