You know that many Americans are not willing to take a vaccine that has only just become available through an emergency use authorization. Is it any wonder they might be skeptical of a vaccine when its producers were given immunity from liability?
Last week you read that in Seattle, many police officers could soon be fired for their refusal to take the vaccine, leaving the streets unprotected, and citizens at the mercy of the city’s criminals.
But cops in Seattle aren’t the only ones feeling that way. A recent survey of San Diego police officers found that 65% might quit the force rather than comply with a vaccine mandate. David Hernandez reports for the San Diego Union-Tribune:
About 90% of San Diego police officers who responded to a recent survey said they oppose COVID-19 vaccination mandates, and 65% of them said they would consider quitting if the city were to enforce such a requirement, scheduled to take effect in November.
About 45% said they would rather be fired than comply with a mandate, according to the survey, which was conducted in the past week by the San Diego Police Officers Assn.
According to the union, 733 members — about 38% of the officers that the association represents — responded to the survey. Less than 1% of the officers who took the survey said they had no stance on vaccine mandates; 8% said they were undecided as to whether they would quit if the city required vaccines and 23% said they were undecided about whether they would rather be fired than comply with a mandate.
The results, which were shared with union members late Wednesday in an email obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune, came as the police union — under pressure from some members — was pushing back against the city’s decision to require its employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 2.
As of late last month, roughly half of the Police Department’s 1,971 officers said they remained unvaccinated.
The union shared the results of the survey with the mayor’s office and “reiterated our line in the sand against mandatory vaccinations,” the union’s email to members read. “The SDPOA will not agree to mandatory vaccinations.”
The union suggested the city was reconsidering its deadline and weighing a second option: regular testing for its employees. The mayor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Jack Schaeffer, president of the police union, said he expected the city to announce an update Friday.
Meanwhile, President Biden on Thursday announced that employees at companies with 100 or more workers will have to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.
Schaeffer welcomed that news, saying the union supports a setup where employees can choose between getting vaccinated or submitting to regular testing.
“What we’re looking for is options,” he said.
Schaeffer said about 400 to 500 members usually respond to the union’s surveys. He said the response to the recent survey was telling.
“That means a lot of [members] are concerned about the topic,” he said.
Action Line: Sheriffs in San Francisco have also protested against mandates. More will follow to be sure. One man can help keep California’s police on the streets, and its citizens protected, and that’s Larry Elder. Currently running to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in California’s recall election, Elder has said he expects vaccine mandates to be ruled unconstitutional in the Supreme Court.