THE West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is demanding the government gives police the covid jab as soon as possible.
David Jamieson wants officers and staff to be immunised because they come into contact with the public on a regular basis and are exposed to greater risk than most people.
At the moment people who are clinically vulnerable, work in care homes or in health and social care and the over 70s are being invited to receive the vaccine.
Whilst the PCC says it is right that those most at risk from covid are given the jab first, David Jamieson wants to see officers protected as soon as possible so they can continue to enforce the covid regulations and keep us all safe.
Last week the PCC wrote a joint letter with the Chief Constable and the Police Federation calling on the government to prioritise the police as it decides who to give the vaccine to next.
“It’s vital the government recognises the important work being done by officers on our streets and ensures they are moved as high up the covid vaccine priority list as possible”, said David Jamieson.
“It wouldn’t be acceptable if our officers in the West Midlands weren’t protected from the virus when they often can’t work from home and have to put themselves in high risk situations.
“I’d urge the Prime Minister to take a common sense approach to this and get that jab into the arms of police as soon as possible.”