New Westminster’s police chief desires to know why his officers haven’t been vaccinated after 5 officers have been pressured to enter isolation following an on-the-job COVID-19 publicity.
Chief David Jansen mentioned the officers have been uncovered whereas arresting a person who later was revealed to be COVID-positive on Thursday.
“I’m comparatively assured the officers are going to be wonderful — they have been sporting their PPE and stuff,” he mentioned.
“But it surely simply highlighted but once more the frustrations that I’m feeling, that the officers are feeling, and I’m not right here to talk for the lecturers and the firefighters within the metropolis, however I believe they’re feeling equally annoyed as a result of they’re in the identical place.”
British Columbia is vaccinating front-line employees exterior of its age-based vaccine program, with first responders, educators and child-care employees on the high of the precedence listing.
Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned about 15 per cent of vaccine provide was going to these teams in latest weeks.
Extra calls to vaccinate firefighters and police in B.C.
The province began in COVID-19 scorching spots akin to Surrey earlier than transferring elsewhere within the province, and was aiming to have everybody within the three teams immunized by mid-Might, Henry added.
International Information has requested Fraser Well being concerning the timeline for New Westminster.
“We’re the one metropolis that I can inform from Whistler out to Chilliwack that has not been vaccinated. That’s police, fireplace and lecturers,” Jansen mentioned.
“Once you see one little metropolis in an enormous area not being vaccinated, it doesn’t appear to make sense.”
Jansen just lately spoke with Fraser Well being and mentioned he understood the challenges of restricted vaccine provide and virus hotspots.
However he mentioned it left officers, whose job places them in direct contact with the general public, in danger.
“(It’s) not solely the bodily impression that has on you however the emotional impression,” he mentioned.
“They’ve households, they’re regular human beings like all of us, they’ve feelings, and that’s robust to undergo day in and time out understanding you’re going to a different name that would change your life in a variety of methods with COVID.”
Jansen mentioned his division is small, with round 200 workers, and that getting them vaccinated shouldn’t be a serious pressure on Fraser Well being’s provide.
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