The Toronto Police Service (TPS) recently announced that it was mandating vaccines for its members.
While announcing in a statement, TPS said both officers and civilian workers would need to provide proof of their first COVID-19 shot by September 13.
Chief James Ramer said: “The safety of our members, our workplaces and the public is of utmost importance to us. Our members will be required to be fully vaccinated to protect each other and the communities we serve.”
However, the Toronto Police Association, the union which represents workers, has issued its statement to oppose the move.
The association wants to know about “alternative options” for members to avoid revealing their vaccination status.
A lot of people have questioned the union on social media.
While questioning the union, Toronto infection control epidemiologist, Colin Furness tweeted: “As the Toronto Police Association came out today against a vaccine mandate for their members, we may need to re-appraise the motto “to protect and serve”: to protect nobody in order to serve an anti-vax minority.
I hope most police officers are appalled and will choose safety.”
The compulsory vaccination policy for police came after the City of Toronto and the TTC ordered that every staff be fully vaccinated.