Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Vaccinate front line police officers and PCSOs as a priority

Vaccinate front line police officers and PCSOs as a priorityLib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the Thames Valley has backed the Met Commissioner’s call to prioritise front line staff for the Coronavirus Vaccination saying "The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police should be the last officer to be vaccinated against the coronavirus." 

Dame Cressida Dick is among a number of police leaders pushing for frontline officers to be prioritised for the jab after the most vulnerable in society have received it. On a visit to Wembley stadium, where Met officers are being trained to assist the capital’s ambulance service, she said: “I think in order for my people to keep the public safe they should be prioritised for vaccinations.  

Under the Government’s vaccines delivery plan, published earlier this week, police officers are not considered a priority group and can be expected to be vaccinated only according to age or clinical vulnerability, not because of their job.  

The Government's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said in its report on 30 December that first responders may be prioritised in the second phase of vaccinations alongside others at increased risk because of their occupation. However, no decisions have been made.

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