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At local fire departments, vaccination rates are high. Why is law enforcement lagging behind?

Original post made on Jul 19, 2021

Santa Clara County's aggressive campaign to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19 has had mixed results when it comes to first responders, with high rates among fire department staff while law enforcement trails behind.

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Posted by Scott Lamb
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 19, 2021 at 2:35 pm

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I think first responders feeling "the need to protect the community at large was not a compelling argument" deserves a little more examination.

* If they don't believe this would protect the community, I disagree. Can they explain themselves?

* If they don't care about protecting the community, well, wow. Police often get special treatment because they step into danger to protect the community, but I'm sure not seeing that here. Houston Methodist just set the precedent that workers can be fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccination, and I see no reason local law enforcement couldn't or shouldn't be fired for the same reason.

Posted by resident
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 22, 2021 at 10:29 am

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I find this totally unacceptable. First responders are tasked with protecting the public and they are paid with public dollars. If they are unwilling to be vaccinated then perhaps a new career is in order, one which does not require protecting the public while being paid by the public. The vaccination rates should be well into the 90% range for all first responders, accounting for those who due to other health conditions are advised by their medical provider not to be vaccinated are the only exceptions. Full Stop....It makes me angry that people who commit to protecting the community are putting the community at risk by not being vaccinated.