DENVER (CBS4)– A new poll found that most Denver police officers are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The poll by the Denver Police Protective Association, the union that represents civil servants, was conducted last weekend. It found that 57% of Denver police officers are unvaccinated.
The union issued a press release saying “Health and Safety are Core Values”.
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But the union says it “respects and trusts our members to make their own decisions about how to maintain their health … in a job that exposes them to … multiple contagious and contagious diseases on a daily basis.”
The survey included about 780 officers. It found that 446 or 57% did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey did not ask why they were not vaccinated, but asked if they would be vaccinated as a working condition. A total of 558 or 72% of respondents said they didn’t.
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Murphy Robinson, Denver public safety manager, said he was amazed at the number of unvaccinated officers, especially since they were among the first group to be approved for vaccines. He says they had ample opportunity to get injections at several police clinics.
Robinson says officials have had many other vaccinations already: “Honestly, we don’t tell people that they can’t choose not to get vaccinated. What we are saying is, if you want to work in the city and county of Denver, you will get vaccinated. Public health law is law and if my staff chooses not to do so, it is a conscious choice and I will take disciplinary action. This vaccine is not about us as individuals, but about us as a whole making a difference so we can make sure our public is safe. “
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has given employees until the end of September to provide proof of vaccination or medical or religious exemption.
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Robinson says those who fail to do so will face all disciplinary action, including dismissal. He says he will be holding meetings with officials over the next month and a half to teach them the importance of getting the vaccine.