New Rochelle mayor ‘regrets’ jumping the line for workers’ COVID-19 shots

New Rochelle mayor ‘regrets’ jumping the line for workers’ COVID-19 shots

01/10/2021

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New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson jumped the COVD-19 vaccine line last week in an aborted — and illegal — bid to give the coveted shots to all his city workers.

But while 128 of 675 municipal employees, including 45 in the police department, got vaccinated by Thursday, teachers were shut out after the state got wind of the plan.

“The people who work in the most dangerous setting to ensure the best education for the students of New Rochelle are the ones getting screwed,” a teacher told The Post after a plan to shuttle teachers to the hospital by bus Friday morning was abruptly canceled.

Bramson, 51, admitted he rolled up his sleeve after Montefiore New Rochelle hospital offered the vaccines to all city employees and elected officials last Wednesday.

“I personally had intended to wait for a future phase but in order to overcome vaccine hesitancy that was becoming evident within the city workforce, and demonstrate confidence in the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, I received a vaccine mid-afternoon on Thursday,” Bramson said in a statement.

“Knowing now that Montefiore New Rochelle’s program did not have proper state authorization, I regret my participation,” he said.

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