The building board told workers to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or they would face termination, the New York Post reports.
The condominium board of a New York City apartment building has threatened to fire two employees unless they get vaccinated against COVID-19, an ultimatum given only to the building’s workers, not its residents. New York Post reported on Saturday.
According to the newspaper account, a janitor and janitor from the upscale Christodora House community in Manhattan’s East Village were told they would lose their jobs if they did not receive at least one dose by June 15.
The case highlights the stress that residential businesses across the country face as they try to keep residents and staff safe during a pandemic while confront personal health decisions of your employees head on.
“The Board respects its decision,” reads a letter from the condominium board, which was obtained by The charge. “However, we hope you understand that your choice is not consistent with the Board’s responsibility to provide the safest possible environment for all Christodora House staff and residents.”
The measure has divided residents of the 83-unit building, where the apartments often sell for $ 1 million or more, the Mail reports.
The building’s janitor, a 33-year-old man who had so far refused to receive the vaccine at the time of the report, told the newspaper that he was concerned about how the vaccine might interact with pre-existing health conditions.
“I never told them I didn’t want to receive it, I just said ‘not now,'” said employee Brandon, who declined to provide his full name to The charge.
Vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. offer protection against a more serious case. Complications associated with the vaccine. They are rarethe agency said.
Leni Cummins, multi-residential property attorney, recently told the real estate website Curbed who has helped several condo boards write vaccination policies for their staff.
But this can lead to thorny problems for condo boards that want to require front desk staff to be vaccinated but are reluctant to ask residents, contract workers, and private providers.
“Everybody wants their cleaning person, everybody wants their babysitter, everybody wants their dog walker, everybody wants their private contractor,” Cummins told Curbed.
Before giving the ultimatum, the Christodora House offered both employees $ 1,000 to receive the vaccine, The charge saying. Other properties – Y even Airbnb hosts – are offering discounts, bonuses or prizes to people in their communities for receiving the vaccine.
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