Judge denies fire union’s attempt to stop Oct. 1 vaccine mandate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A Superior Court has rejected an attempt by the Rhode Island firefighters’ union to stop the state’s Oct. 1 vaccine mandate.

The Rhode Island Association of Firefighters requested an injunction to stop the mandate from being enforced.

The Superior Court judge said she does not believe the requirement imposes a new working condition.

Joseph Andriole, President of the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters, says the ruling does not focus on what local firefighters are concerned about.

“They gave us a small window to get vaccinated. They didn’t realize how that would impact public safety,” Andriole said.

Andriole said 92 percent of the union’s 1,500 members are fully vaccinated.

All health care workers and first responders in the state must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1.

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