Dying of Covid, not being shot, now leading cause of death for US cops, still many refuse vaccines
- Covid-19 is the leading cause of death among police officers since the start of the pandemic, The New York Times reported.
- In 2020 and 2021, more than four times as many officers died from Covid-19 than gunfire.
- Many police officers are still resisting the Covid-19 vaccine, forcing departments to require routine testing in place of a shot.
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More than 460 cops have died from Covid-19 cases tied to their work since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Meanwhile, it remains a struggle to get police officers to take the vaccine, with many unions publicly pushing back against vaccine mandates, The New York Times reported.
In Massachusetts, union representatives for state police claim dozens have quit their jobs because of vaccine mandates.
In many places around the country, police departments have many job openings but few qualified candidates. In order to prevent a major walkout in any given police department, some cities have offered routine testing as a way to circumvent the vaccine mandate, the Times reported.
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