Denver police union says officers “can be trusted” to make decisions on getting the COVID-19 vaccine

It’s not clear how many officers are currently vaccinated. Earlier this week, the mayor issued an order requiring all city employees to get the shot.
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Denver Police cars on the 16th Street Mall. April 24, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Kevin J. Beaty

The union representing Denver police officers on Thursday said that it's trusting officers to make their "own choices on how to maintain their health" after Mayor Michael Hancock this week announced a public health order requiring all city employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The brief statement from Denver Police Protective Association doesn't mention vaccines, but alludes to the "Mayor's current health order." The full statement:

The city government will verify the vaccination status of its employees, including first-responders, said Mike Strott, a spokesperson for the Hancock administration. While the city does not yet have a comprehensive verification system set up, Strott said that the vaccination cards provided by medical professionals after both shots would be acceptable forms of proof.

It's not clear how many Denver police officers are vaccinated. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Kelli Christensen said in an email the department has not been tracking vaccination figures for police, fire and sheriffs because up until his week, vaccinations were not required for them. Christensen said the department won't have accurate numbers until staff submit proof of vaccination by September 30.

We've reached out to the Denver Police Protective Association for further comment.

Denverite reporter Dave Sachs contributed to this report.

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