Approximately 603 Ottawa police officers are slated to start receiving their first doses of the COVID – 23 vaccine on Wednesday.
First responders in Ontario who provide emergency medical care fall during the province’s Phase 1 vaccination rollout.
An Ottawa Police Service (OPS) spokesperson said Tuesday that the local force has identified roughly members) who qualify for vaccination under these priorities. There are roughly 1, 70 sworn officers in the OPS and an additional civilian employees, according to the service’s website.
The OPS expects this initial cohort of officers to receive their first doses of the vaccine within the next two to three weeks, depending on the vaccine supplies.
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The local police service has had of its members test positive for the novel coronavirus thus far in the pandemic, according to the spokesperson.
Members of Toronto’s police force began receiving vaccinations earlier this week.
Anthony Di Monte, the head of the local COVID – 19 vaccine distribution task force, said in an update to city council last week that Ottawa’s push to vaccinate medical first responders including firefighters and paramedics will require 3, vaccine doses.
Ottawa has so far administered 45, 480 doses of the vaccine out of a total 45, 820 doses received to date.
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