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No plans to prioritize police officers for COVID-19 vaccine : Strang

Halifax Regional Police issued a statement over the weekend stating four of their employees had tested positive
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Dr. Robert Strang at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, March 9

The province's chief medical officer of health says there are currently no plans to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for police officers.

The comment comes after Halifax Regional Police issued a statement over the weekend stating one of their employees had tested positive late last week.

According to their release sent out Saturday afternoon, that led to three more employees also testing positive "at a single facility."

The Halifax Examiner reports both Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella and Halifax-district RCMP Chief Superintendent Janis Gray called for officers to be offered more timely access to vaccines at a Monday Halifax Board of Police Commissioners meeting, rather than waiting for inoculations for the general population to filter down to their age groups.

However at a Tuesday briefing, Dr. Robert Strang said the cases among local police employees do not involve front line workers.

"There was an individual case that was then spread throughout the office, not because of people exposed on the street, front line police officers, it happened in the office setting which has then created a number of contacts," he explained.

Strang said he and his team have a scheduled meeting with Halifax Regional Police this afternoon to discuss the outbreak.

"So we're having a conversation with police about their office space COVID protocols which have allowed spread of the virus within their office space, which is very different from their front line officers being at risk," he said.

Strang added, "if you look across the country, we are not seeing front line police officer being a group that jumps out as having excessive amounts of COVID cases."

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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