Honolulu Officer Faces Firing for Refusing Vaccination

(AP) — An officer with the Honolulu Police Department says he has been suspended without pay and faces termination for not complying with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Cpl. Mark Kutsy was on patrol this week when he was pulled off duty and forced to turn in his gun and badge. Kutsy says he’s willing to submit to weekly testing. But Honolulu is in the only county in Hawaiʻi not giving an option to test in lieu of vaccination. State workers also have a vaccination mandate, but they can undergo weekly tests instead. Kutsy says he has concerns about possible side effects from the vaccine.

 

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