Covid-19 mandates are looking to fall under pressure. Many businesses like Southwest Airlines have mandated the Covid-19 vaccine, but it’s rumored their employees stopped showing up for work, and they quickly reversed the mandate to keep their reputation and flights in the air. Southwest canceled over 10,000 flights recently because their employees decided to call out because of the Covid-19 mandates, and it’s not going unnoticed, at least not by regular people. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is a different story.
According to PJ Media, Lightfoot is suing the police for “engaging in, supporting, and encouraging” the blue flu. The blue flu means those police officers who have been poorly treated by their leadership are called out of work and leave the city without law enforcement to prove a point that they won’t be mistreated. If any place needs that type of intervention, it’s Chicago. Lightfoot is like a “God” of the city and has banned White reporters and denies that her city is a petri dish for violence even though evidence suggests otherwise.
The ridiculous part of this Covid-19 vaccine mandate is that the vaccines aren’t FDA approved, and it’s not easy to mandate them as a government official. Under 21 U.S. Code 360bbb-3, emergency use authorized medical products are to remain optional. The law states: “Of the option to accept or refuse the administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that is available and of their benefits and risks.”
Currently, no mandate mandates government institutions to require the Covid-19 vaccine for their employees, but Lightfoot is power-hungry and does whatever she wants.
Lightfoot suggests that the officers are participating in a strike by the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, John Catanzara, telling the officers not to divulge their vaccination status by October 15, 2021. The courts will disagree with the mandates, much less with the officers, if taken to court. Catanzara said that 50% of the police force is unvaccinated, but that number isn’t substantiated yet. Even vaccinated officers may be against the mandate, an unknown number that would rebel against the department.
There are 12,000 officers with the Chicago Police Department. Even if it’s a small number, it will make a considerable difference in the city’s enforcement.
It sounds like Lightfoot is scared that her city won’t be protected and is trying to make the courts tell the officers that they aren’t allowed to refuse the disclosure of their vaccine status. Either way, Lightfoot is in a bit of a leadership pickle, and she doesn’t seem to be winning.