The NYPD will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine on its own within two weeks, The Post learned.
The department’s medical unit is setting up three locations – Floyd Bennet Field, Rodman’s Neck Outdoor Range and Flushing Meadow Park Aquatic Center – to administer the Moderna vaccine to officers who want it from December 29, according to A Post’s note.
Officers, as first responders, are part of the first group, who will have access to the initial dose of more than half a million in New York, but this will not be mandatory.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Tuesday he would be volunteering, similar to the flu vaccine.
No one will need vaccinations for city payroll, Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier.
The Police Benevolent Association turned out to be opposed to mandatory immunization, and sources told the Post they were wary of a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday for emergency use.
“People aren’t sure about vaccination,” said a detective who had the strength for two decades. – I’m not taking the flu shot. So if I don’t take the flu shot, damn sure I’m not taking this.
Another source said it “probably got it,” but others may not have it right away.
“I hear the guys are waiting for the first round to end,” he said.
A spokesman for City Hall said, despite the reminder, the vaccine may not be available to police, civilian and in uniform if the state does not include them in the next priority group.
The coronavirus is the leading cause of on-call death in law enforcement in the United States this year.