BOSTON — A Boston police officer who is also an expectant mother is furious the city has expanded its COVID-19 shot mandates so she’s taken her complaints directly to the mayor.
Officer Gianna Mullane is 30 weeks pregnant and cites fertility, a lack of long-term study and health concerns as reasons why she refuses to get the series of shots, Fox News reported.
Mullane, 37, challenged Boston Mayor Michelle Wu to take personal and administrative responsibility for any negative outcomes from the now-mandated COVID-19 shots. The dialogue was recorded and posted to social media (below).
“[Can] you, right now, put your faith, your person, everything that your research behind this vaccine right now, and sign a document for us, saying that you personally and the city, will take full responsibility if something were to happen to us as mothers and our unborn children,” Mullane asked at the Dec. 23 conference. “Would you do that right now for all of us?”
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“She was receptive, I think,” Mullane told Fox News Digital on Tuesday. “But her policies and her mindset are not going to change just from what we’re saying. But I think it did put us in a position for her to see us more humanized than just a bunch of ‘rah-rah police officers’ that are just refusing to get the vaccine. No, we have actual, real concerns.”
The pregnant mother explained that in the face of the mandates, many unions are dissuading members from taking action since legal experts offer fatalistic outlooks on the possibility of working without the shots.
“Our union hired an attorney from Portland to come speak to the membership to tell us it’s not worth the fight. But I mean, we’re seeing it all over the country that there are attorneys that are willing to take these cases and to give it a shot,” Mullane said. “I think that’s what people want to see. They just don’t want to be forced into this. They want to give it a shot and fight this.”
“But in the meantime, a lot of us city workers […] we’re angry, and we want a little bit more of a response. So we formed Boston First Responders United,” she said. “It’s kind of this umbrella that has taken everybody in who works for the city, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, that feel that violating our contracts is a big deal.”
Mullane’s pregnancy is a major factor in her decision-making process. She’s been through extensive fertility treatments in the past which eventually produced her 6-year-old triplets.
Officer Gianna Mullane pictured with her family in 2016. (North End Waterfront)
“We just want to be able to make our own choices. Especially being pregnant – and some of the young girls, they don’t know if they can get pregnant yet. Fertility is such a huge thing,” Mulane said. “I went through fertility issues, so I know how hard and how difficult it can be. You blame yourself for every little thing that comes up.”
Mullane says that religious and medical exemptions seem unattainable because police officers “work with the public.”
“The few that have been approved that we heard through our Department of Corrections and county things, they’ll say, ‘Yes, you do have a religious exemption, you do have a medical exemption, but because you work with the public, we cannot make a reasonable accommodation for you,” Mullane said.
Mullane said that her current dilemma is due to her unborn baby. Furthermore, she does not plan to receive COVID-19 shots in the future, even after gestation and breastfeeding are over, Fox reported.
“If it’s being forced on us, the next is it’s going to be forced on our children with minimal studies. And I have 6-year-old triplets. And it took me a long time to get pregnant with them and I went through fertility – I have spent the last six years doing everything in my power to keep them healthy and safe. I don’t feel comfortable. If I’m not gonna take it, I’m definitely not giving it to my children.”
According to North End Waterfront, Mullane has been a police officer since 2016.