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NYC Sanitation workers suspended amid vaccine scheme probe

Three dozen Sanitation workers have been suspended amid an ongoing probe revealed by The Post of vaccination fraud by NYC employees, their union said.

“They’re accusing them of falsifying their COVID card,” said Harry Nespoli, president of Teamsters Local 831, which represents 6,900 uniformed Department of Sanitation workers, 

Nespoli said he did not know the details of the scheme.

“This union never condones doing anything unlawful. If it’s unlawful, then you don’t do it.”

But he also called the city’s mandate, putting jab-resistant employees out of work, a slap in the face.

“How do you just forget about what the city workers have done to keep this city afloat when this thing was at its peak. So we’re not good enough now?”

NYC Department of Sanitation trucks
Three dozen Sanitation workers have been suspended amid the probe.
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The scheme that snared the sanitation workers appears to involve a drug store employee submitting false data to the state, stating that workers received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson jab.

But it appeared to unravel because CVS was not distributing the Johnson & Johnson shot at the time.

CVS spokeswoman Amy Thibault said, “We’ve contacted New York City’s Department of Investigation and have been told that CVS Pharmacy is not a target of their investigation into this matter.”

“We’ll cooperate fully with investigators as the case moves forward,” she said, adding that the company had not been contacted by law enforcement.

A City Hall spokesman did not respond to questions about the number of other workers under investigation or suspended for alleged fraud.

Vaccination record cards
A CVS was submitting false vaccine information to the state.
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Sources have told The Post that FDNY paramedics and EMTs were caught submitting forged vaccination cards using blanks stolen from city agencies. 

The FDNY declined to comment, but officials said no members have been suspended.


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