Labour PFCC Candidate Calls For Mass Vaccination Of All First Responders As Police Officers Test Positive After Being Spat At
Alison Hume, Labour’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner candidate for North Yorkshire is calling on the Government to prioritise the vaccination of all first responders.
The Police Federation says some forces are reporting up to 15 per cent of their officers are off sick or self-isolating. The Fire Brigades Union reports that 3,000 fire service staff are currently in self-isolation.
“First responders risk their lives every day to keep the public safe,” said Ms Hume. “It’s imperative that we ensure the protection and safety of emergency workers’ health while they carry out their jobs on the frontline. We need to limit the risk of officers easily contracting or transmitting COVID-19 to co-workers, their families, and the general public. Vaccinating our emergency responders will help us retain personnel and reduce sick-leave. Critically, it’s important that the public has confidence knowing that first responders have been vaccinated, ensuring public safety.”
Ms Hume went on to say that it’s not in the public interest to have a police force that is seriously debilitated by illness.
“We rely on the police and the fire service to be there when emergencies of all kinds arise – for their safety, the safety of their families and the general public they need to be joining our health workers in being cared for.”
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