STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Despite putting 9,000 New York City workers on unpaid leave for their refusal to get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, top city officials presented a united front on Monday morning as the mandate went into effect.

Mayor Bill de Blasio along with they city’s fire, police, and sanitation commissioners said service disruption around the city has been minimal despite mass protests around the five boroughs.

“We have real results from this mandate,” de Blasio said. “We need everyone to do their job, and we need everyone to be safe.”

About 21,000 of the city’s 378,000 employees remain unvaccinated with 9,000 going on unpaid leave Monday and 12,000 awaiting decisions on medical or religious exemptions. Those employees awaiting decision can still report to…

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