A San Francisco police officer who was placed on leave after missing the city’s deadline to be vaccinated has died from COVID-19, the San. Francisco Chronicle reported.
Officer Jack Nyce, 46, a 17-year veteran of the SFPD tested positive on Nov. 2 and died Saturday at a hospital in Manteca, his wife, Melissa Nyce, told the newspaper Monday.
San Francisco police chief Bill Scott confirmed Nyce’s death in a statement, writing, “It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Officer Jack Nyce passed away on Saturday. A widely respected colleague most recently assigned to Park Station, Jack served our City and our department honorably and well for more than 17 years, in roles that included a variety of assignments.”
Mrs. Nyce declined to say whether her husband was vaccinated but San Francisco Police Officers Association vice president, Lt. Tracy McCray, says Nyce was on a 30-day stint of paid administrative leave because he had not received the vaccination required by the city.
The San Francisco Police Department said in a news release last week that it placed as many as 70 employees on leave who failed to meet the city’s Nov. 1 vaccination deadline. The SFPD said 97.5% of its employees were fully vaccinated by Nov.2.
The department did not explicitly say how many employees were placed on leave or how many may have received exemptions, but noted that those who were not fully vaccinated and those who did not provide vaccination records were placed on leave pending termination proceedings, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.