Austin police officers offered COVID-19 vaccines this week

Austin police officers offered COVID-19 vaccines this week

The Austin Police Association said vaccines are more important than ever for the department today, with dozens of officials infected with the virus in the past few weeks.

On Monday, Austin police officers were among the hundreds of first responders to receive COVID-19 vaccines for the first time.

The Austin Police Association said vaccines are more important than ever for the department today, with dozens of officials infected with the virus in the past few weeks.

Usually they are the first in Austin’s most dangerous emergencies, but when it comes to protecting the protectors, the cops put themselves behind fire and ambulance even though they tried to stay healthy.

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“I don’t think there is any other city department in the city of Austin like the police department, which reports two to three new infections a day,” said Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association.

Police believed it would take longer for the Texas Department of Health to put its profession on its vaccine priority list to focus on those most at risk of covid complications, i.e. people over 65 or with underlying diseases .

However, on Saturday that suddenly changed. “It was an email sent to the entire department from Chief Manley telling us that we would be vaccinated Monday through Wednesday of this week,” Casaday said.

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Bryce Bencivengo, communications manager for the Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said 1,300 doses of Moderna were still available at the Public Safety Wellness Office after the vaccine was offered to Austin firefighters and rescue workers. These cans are specially designed for public security personnel to be used by the police. In addition to about 300 firefighters, several officers volunteered Monday to receive the shot.

“I have spoken to several vaccinated officers and not a single officer has shown any signs of responding to the injection,” Casaday said.

Bencivengo said those over 65 or with pre-existing conditions will be prioritized as there are not enough doses for everyone. However, some officials who work in hospitals have been able to get vaccinated earlier as hospital workers ranked first on the vaccine priority list.

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“I got the vaccine through Seton Hospitals the week before and actually got the Pfizer vaccine. I have had negative reactions to flu and shingles vaccines in the past but no reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Casaday.

The Austin Emergency Management Office announced that hundreds more firefighters and rescue workers will be vaccinated this week. You can get appointments at Dell Medical School as well as other clinics and pharmacies so they don’t necessarily need the wellness cans for public safety.

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