(CNN)As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across the country, a poll of firefighters in the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) found that nearly 55% of respondents would not get a Covid-19 vaccine if offered by the department, their union president told CNN Monday.
55% of FDNY firefighters wouldn't get a Covid-19 vaccine if offered by the department, poll finds
Despite research that shows firefighters were 15 times more likely to be infected, a majority of those who took the poll declined the offer of a vaccine.
Over 2,000 firefighters, or about 25% of the department's approximately 8,200 members, responded to the poll, according to Uniformed Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro.
The poll, which closed on December 5, asked firefighters, "Will you get the COVID-19 Vaccine from Pfizer when the Department makes it available?" with "Yes" or "No" answers, according to the results provided to CNN by Ansbro.
Over 1,100 firefighters, or 54.7%, said they would not get the vaccine while 929, or 45.3%, said they would, according to Ansbro.
The UFA represents only FDNY firefighters, not the department's emergency medical services or officers. However, firefighters are included in medical responses, including to Covid-19 calls, according to Ansbro.
Researchers found that New York City emergency medical service providers and firefighters were 15 times more likely to be infected with Covid-19 than other city residents during the first wave of the pandemic, according to research published in European Respiratory Journal in October.