Vaccine requirement for Chicago's first responders halted by Cook County judge, arbitration ordered

Judge Raymond Mitchell of Cook County handed down a ruling on Monday halting the city's vaccine mandate temporarily and forcing the issue into arbitration.

James AnthonyMontreal QC

November 1, 2021 11:37 PM

Pending the results of said arbitration, Chicago's first responders will be able to work normally in the interim, past the previous Dec. 31 deadline to be fully vaccinated. However, they will continue to have to submit to weekly COVID tests in order to do so.

Some officers have already been placed on leave without pay, according to the Westphalian Times, which states, "The Chicago police union wants its officers who were put on a no-pay status to return to work while the union and the city engage in arbitration."

The judge's ruling states explicitly that the police union cannot be expected to "obey now" and then seek remedy in the courts at a later date, as this would be an "empty victory" for them, due to the fact that they are being mandated to undergo an irreversible medical procedure, which is the vaccine.