Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated. They Refused.
The willingness of some workers to give up their livelihoods helps explain the country’s struggle to contain the pandemic.
Under the threat of losing their jobs, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers finally got a Covid-19 vaccine. Teachers, nurses and home health aides accepted their occupations’ mandates. The mass resignations some experts had predicted did not occur, as most workers hurriedly got inoculated.
Josephine Valdez, 30, a public school paraprofessional from the Bronx, did not.
Failing to meet the New York City Education Department’s vaccination deadline, Ms. Valdez lost her job this month. She is among the 4 percent of the city’s roughly 150,000 public school employees who did not comply with the order