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Police Want to Get COVID Vaccines Sooner Rather Than Later

Columbus Police on patrol during recent protest
Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau
Columbus Police patrol the area during a recent protest. The police union in Ohio disagrees with the state's rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, saying officers should have been among the first people to be inoculated.

The union that represents Ohio police is urging the state to put officers higher on the list of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. 

Ohio Fraternal Order of Police president Gary Wolske says officers thought they’d be among the first responders who’d get the vaccine first. Firefighters and EMT’s did, but police were not included in that top tier group. Wolske says they should have been. 

“We are in closer contact with citizens in the community than most everybody," Wolske said.

He says officers will get vaccines after teachers and Ohioans 65 and older in two to four weeks.  
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