Over 70% of the Mumbai police force has been vaccinated, while 92% have received their first jab. The department has stepped up its effort to get the remaining 3,389 officials vaccinated.
As per the latest figures provided by the police, 29,242 police persons have take both the doses which amounts to 70.13% of the force while 91.87% police force that is equal to 38,307 police personnel have taken their first doses. Being frontline workers, vaccination drive for the police began in February.
“Our aim is to get 100% of the force vaccinated. We are reaching out to those who are yet to get vaccinated and are asking them to take it as early as possible,” said DCP S Chaitanya said. The officials are reaching out to those police personnel who have not taking the vaccine yet due to misconceptions and are asking them to get vaccinated soon.
According to the officials, some of those who are yet to take their first jab had either recently contracted the virus or have other health issues. The vaccine is not immediately advisable to women cops who are pregnant or have recently delivered.
The Mumbai police have witnessed 119 cops deaths due to Covid since last year. However, the situation is slowly improving. During the first wave, thousands of cops had tested positive. In the second wave, the number of active cases was above 700.
These numbers are on the decline now. Currently, the city police has 89 active cases and 8,931 police personnel have contracted the virus so far. This month, so far, the city police has not witnessed a single Covid casualty. The police attribute decline in the active cases to the vaccination drives.