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Top Cop lines up for COVID-19 jab

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 04:07:11 PM

The NSW Police Commissioner has rolled up his sleeve today to receive his first COVID-19 vaccine alongside members of his executive team and the Police Association of NSW.

NSW Health commenced the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in NSW on Monday 22 February 2021 to those who have the highest risk of being exposed to the virus. This includes officers working in quarantine footprint activities, such as quarantine hotels, airport and transportation duties.

More than 3,000 employees from the NSW Police Force have received their first dose of the vaccine since the rollout began. A second vaccine has been administered to around 2,500 personnel, meaning they are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM was proud to be part of the cohort of officers putting their hand up to receive the vaccination.

“Many of us have faced struggles in the year since the pandemic began and we are lucky to be in a position in NSW where we are getting back to a level of ‘normal’ that will continue with vaccine rollout,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“As police, we are required to enter environments and engage with members of our community that may pose a risk to our health, so we need to use every tool available to help keep us as safe as possible.

“We are encouraging members of the Force to get the vaccine as a control measure to protect themselves, their colleagues, families and the general public.

“The entire vaccination process was efficiently run by dedicated and friendly hospital staff. I thank all those frontline workers who continue to keep us safe and who are now administering the vaccine.”

Commissioner Fuller was joined by Deputy Commissioners Gary Worboys and Jeff Loy, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell, Acting Superintendent Rodney Hart, and Acting Inspector Paul Bousfield.

President of the Police Association of New South Wales (PANSW), Mr Tony King, and Secretary, Mr Patrick Gooley, were also among the group to be vaccinated today.

So far, 841,885 Australians have received a COVID-19 vaccine*, including more than 126,000 people in NSW.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all NSW Police Force employees as part of cohort 1b, but it is not mandatory.