Derbyshire’s Chief Constable has called on the Government to give her frontline police officers and staff the Covid-19 vaccination as a priority.
Chief Cons Rachel Swann, joined by Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, has written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock with the request to be considered.
She said: “We know that the new variant of Covid-19 is more transmissible and spreading faster than it was previously. The role that the police do means that, by necessity, officers and staff are putting themselves at risk every day, often being in close contact with victims or offenders in whatever circumstances they find themselves in.
“Policing and keeping people safe is an essential part of fighting this virus. Officers and staff cannot stay at home, crime still happens and we need to be there to tackle it
“While there is a regular supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), officers and staff are not immune from catching the virus. The vaccine offers additional protection and reassurance for them, not only preventing them from catching the virus but thereby preventing passing it on to others, including their families, colleagues and the public.”
Meanwhile a number of new coronavirus vaccine centres are due to open for the first time today in Derbyshire.
Sites include Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel Theatre, Wheatbridge Surgery, Littlewick Medical Centre, Springs Health Centre, Buxton Medical Practice, Shirebrook Sports Sports Hall and Oaklands Village Community Centre.
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