At the national level, first responders are opposed to covine vaccination obligations


By STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press

March 11, 2021. For a long time, Philadelphia police officer, Baptist minister, and 47-year-old father Erin Tockley should have been a turning point in the Coronavirus epidemic. He should have been vaccinated.

Instead, it was the day of the funeral.

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TOKLAY: He died on March 3 for his friends and family, and the Philadelphia Police Department became the sixth confirmed COVID-19.

Philadelphia officers were shot for the first time in late January, and Toky is eager to find them as soon as possible. But he got sick in early February before it was time to wrap his arms around him.

This summer, the resurgence of COVID-19 and the national debate over immunization requirements have left many in the country dead, but it has created a difficult situation for the country’s first responders to resist orders.

The October 21, 21st anniversary of the Tokyo widow’s widow was approaching, and it was heartbreaking. She has outraged other police officers who are blocking the vaccine and is now upset. Her husband’s life could not be saved, but theirs is still possible.

“I don’t want to be there to support your family,” she said. Nobody deserves this, especially when this can be prevented.

Her husband is one of 132 law enforcement agencies known to have died of COVID-19 in 2021, Officer Downtown Memorial. In Florida alone last month, six people in contact with law enforcement died within 10 days.

A.D. In the first half of 2021, 71 law enforcement officers in the United States died of the virus – a small reduction compared to 76 deaths in the same period in 2020, according to data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Fund. Last year the total was 241: the virus was the leading cause of death for law enforcement.

Despite the deaths, police officers and other first responders are growing in confidence and confidence in getting the vaccine. There are no national statistics on immunization rates for all first responders in the United States, but the individual police and fire departments nationwide are at least 74% less than adults who have received at least one dose.

Angry city leaders are issuing orders to their municipal staff – including police officers and firefighters – as Delta’s differences widen. The consequences of the obligations range from weekly trials to suspensions. When first responders give priority to vaccines, there is a lot of contrast from the beginning of the vaccine release.

“I’m sorry they didn’t see it as another security precaution,” said Octavia Tokley. “They wear masks, they wear bulletproof vests. You protect one another. That’s what you do, you wait and serve. ”

Some 3,000 miles (4,828 km), San Francisco Fire Chief Christopher Salas expresses his condolences to the Tokly family. “I will listen to her, and I will listen to her husband,” he said.

Salas, 58, has been in the job for about 28 years – 21 of them in the city’s troubled Tenderloin district. He wears a mask, washes his hands, and keeps himself healthy. But he stopped receiving the vaccine – and planned to retire earlier, rather than agreeing to the city’s last vaccination or to stop.

“I’m not anti-vaxxer,” he said. I have all my other vaccines. I don’t just take this. ”

With that in mind, it is only to complete the work in three decades. But after praying about it with his wife, he still worries about the effectiveness and side effects of the vaccine.

He said: “I don’t think it’s safe for me to do anything against my beliefs.” It is about freedom and making your own choice to be your own person.

But public health experts and elected officials argue that it is more than that.

Dr. Jennifer Bryan, a board member and board member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, says she is working to change the idea of ​​a one-hour appointment in one of the lowest vaccinated states in the country. First, she reminds respondents that they can be sick too.

“It’s hard when you want to protect those who are in front of you,” she said. “There is danger when you share the air with someone. If you share a lot of air with sick people and your work is in public, you are at risk.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan called on all city employees to be fully vaccinated in October: “This vaccine is not only to protect yourself, but also to protect your co-workers, your community, people who go to church, people in your children’s school.” 18 or facial expressions.

Associations across the country are struggling again. Sean Buford, president of San Francisco Fire Chiefs 798, is urging city leaders to delay their October 13 vaccination deadline.

Twenty workers who did not report a previous firing could face up to 10 days without pay. San Francisco, the first major city in the United States to prosecute a firefighter, has been sued. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, most of the city’s population is 36,000 vaccinated.

Buffford, who has been vaccinated, says he needs more time to train his resilient members, and is disappointed that San Francisco has taken such a drastic stance since the beginning. Firefighters like Salas have threatened to retire, while others have threatened to resign.

“They deserve more than the last time,” said Buffford.

More than 3,000 employees of the Los Angeles Police Department have been infected and the numbers are still rising. Ten LAPD workers and three spouses were killed.

The Los Angeles Police Department, the Union of Standards and File Officers, has provided the police with the necessary weekly investigations:

LAPD chief Michel Moore said 51% of the department had been vaccinated by August 31 and more than 100 staff had been shot in the past week and a half.

In California State Prisons, a federal judge may order all inmates and inmates to file a class action lawsuit. By mid-July, 41% of correctional officers across the country had received at least one vaccine compared to 75%.

Officials fear that 75% of the prison population is ill at San Quintin Prison last summer. Twenty-nine people, including a correctional officer, were killed.

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Three days after the death of her husband, Octavia Tokeley, a 41-year-old Philadelphia widow, fell into the arms of a grief-stricken stranger as they waited in line. Her 5-year-old daughter, Amethyst, constantly asked why her father had not found one.

He tried, her mother says, but the bullet was not ready for him yet.

Every night their son struggled to get to bed.

“I miss my dad, I miss my dad,” she cried. “I Feel Lonely, I Miss My Father”


In Philadelphia, Claudia Laur, secretary of the Associated Press, contributed.

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