He Should’ve Listened to Dr. Fauci
San Francisco Police Department Officer Jack Nyce tested positive for the virus on Nov. 2 and died Saturday, Nov. 6, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. His symptoms were so severe on Nov. 6 that he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance and died later that day. Nyce, 47, had worked for the San Francisco Police Department for over 17 years. The San Francisco Police Officers Association issued a statement on Nyce’s death, saying that the officer “leaves a void that will be difficult to fill,” KTVU reported.
Police told NBC Bay Area that Nyce was one of 41 police officers placed on leave for not being vaccinated by the city’s deadline of Nov. 1.
On Oct. 19, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in a tweet that the requirement that city workers, including police, get vaccinated was issued in July. She added that employees who did not meet that deadline would be suspended without pay and could be separated from the city after a due process hearing.
98% of city employees have been vaccinated.
Nyce’s death comes amid national stories of pushback on vaccine mandates from law enforcement departments, especially via police unions.
The pushback in San Francisco has not been particularly significant, however, with 2,747 out of 2,817 SFPD employees having met the November 1 deadline for full vaccination. Out of 54 sworn officer who did not meet the deadline, per the Chronicle, 13 had gotten one vaccine shot, and the other 41 were facing due-process hearings in which they might be seeking religious or medical exemptions.