So, while I was enjoying my days off, a police officer sent me this city-wide email regarding the alleged Chinese Wuhan Virus vaccinations. When the vaccine was finally approved, the city claimed medical professionals and first responders were told they would receive the first batches. (Mostly because we deal with hundreds of people a day.)
Shockingly, the city has reneged on that promise, claiming they have not received schedules for the distribution to first responders. For the record, I want nothing to do with this vaccine – certainly not the first batch – so this doesn’t directly affect me. That said, big cities gonna big city…
We recognize that COVID-19 vaccines have already begun distribution in many states and within our city. Commissioner Outlaw, like many of you, recognizes the vital need to begin distribution within the Police Department, and is eagerly awaiting the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to be allocated for department personnel. To keep everyone up to date, we are providing the following information for all personnel.
The Centers for Disease Control has established the guidelines under which COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered. Under these guidelines, first responders have been designated as Tier 1-B eligible for vaccination.
While the City of Philadelphia has not yet provided to the Police Department distribution schedules for department personnel eligible under the Tier 1-B designation, the Department has begun wide scale preparations for the administration of the vaccine once received by the city.
The Chinese Wuhan Virus swept through our division in march, then came back for a repeat in November and December. Even if the vaccine is eventually distributed – spoiler alert: it won’t be – the majority of personnel likely already have the antibodies.