Open letter to Government over police officer vaccines
All 43 branches of the Police Federation of England and Wales are calling for frontline police officers to be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine.
They have released an open letter to the government in Westminster and the Welsh Assembly in the wake of disappointing comments by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday, in which he was unable to offer any guarantee that police officers would be immunised in the first wave or even beyond that. This is not acceptable.
John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “Police officers feel betrayed by the lack of action from Government.
"The warm words and platitudes we have had to date are simply not enough. Officers are risking their lives on the frontline of this pandemic – they are in daily contact with vulnerable people – and must now be protected without delay. Anything less would be a dereliction of duty by the English and Welsh governments.”