NYC condo building threatens workers to get COVID vaccine or lose jobs

The shot has hit the fan in a downtown house building.

Two workers of the Christodora House — an 83-unit condominium close to Tompkins Square Park that was as soon as dwelling to rocker Iggy Pop and actor Vincent D’Onofrio — stand to lose their jobs for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. And it’s prompted a disagreement between residents within the building, the place a 946-square-foot two-bedroom goes for $1.19 million.

The house building’s board has knowledgeable a porter and doorman that they’ve till June 15 to obtain no less than one dose, or they are going to be let go.

“The Board respects your decision,” learn the letter, which was seen by The Post. “However, we hope you will understand that your choice is not compatible with the Board’s responsibility to provide the safest possible environment for all Christodora House staff members and residents.”

A porter and doorman on the building have been advised they till June 15 to obtain no less than one dose of a COVID vaccine or they are going to be let go.
Rafael Rodriguez/NurPhoto/Shutte

New guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the finish of May acknowledged that, below federal legislation, employers are allowed to require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I never told them that I don’t want to get it — I just said ‘not now,’ ” stated Brandon of the vaccine. The 33-year-old porter, who declined to give his final identify, fears the vaccine may set off a flare-up of pre-existing well being situations, particularly as he doesn’t have medical health insurance.

The board letter added that unvaccinated workers can’t work within the building after June 15, and that the board will provide a two-week severance package deal and a letter of advice.

The board additionally supplied each males $1,000 if they might get the shot. But Jesus, a doorman who requested that his identify not be used out of future employment considerations, stated the bonus solely makes him extra hesitant. The 30-year-old stated his points revolve round how the vaccines grew to become out there “fairly fast” with incentives corresponding to “‘We’re giving you free Mets tickets, French fries, Ubers,’ ” he stated. “It doesn’t sit well with me.”

One of the doormen and the porter refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the condo board wants them fired.
No Christodora residents are required to get vaccinated.
Helayne Seidman

Some Christodora residents are defending the workers’ resolution, with sources telling The Post {that a} petition to stop them from being fired has been circulated however not introduced to the board. As seen by The Post, the petition had 13 signatures out of greater than 200 tenants. No residents are required to get jabbed.

The petition made its approach to all 16 flooring of the building, in addition to the foyer, eliciting feedback from pro-vaccine residents who wrote their very own opinions on the margins of every web page.

“They need to get vaxxed to keep us all safe!” wrote one nameless commenter. Another scrawled: “Save Lives Get Vaxxed! Many more would be dead if we hadn’t vaxxed.”

“Non vaccinated people endanger the children in this [building],” wrote one resident — prompting a neighbor to write, “Then share your degree in epidemiology because this is only your opinion!”

The two are the lone holdouts among the many 9 staffers on the building. They started receiving correspondence from the board and property administration in March.

“I feel like my human rights are being violated,” stated Jesus, who began his job in February 2020 and has a 5-year-old son. He added, “I gave you my best self [at the height of the pandemic] and I did everything I was required … I did all the dirty work and now when it’s smooth sailing, you want to kick me out.”

“Why do I have to get vaccinated to make you feel good?” stated Jesus.

One tenant, Rick, who additionally declined to present his full identify, stated workers has achieved properly with masking and sustaining social distancing.

“They can continue doing that until they’re ready to get vaxxed,” he stated. “They’re good guys. It’s really heartbreaking and saddening to see [the board] try to do this.”

“I feel like they’re not grateful for us,” Brandon stated, “and we’re replaceable at the drop of a dime.”

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