De Blasio said the city is now able to vaccinate 25,000 NYPD members due to the state’s expansion of Phase 1a vaccinations.
He said the city is expecting to vaccinate 10,000 NYPD members by Sunday. He also said some Department of Corrections (DOC) workers are now eligible.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified during his press briefing that NYPD who have EMS and EMT responsibilities will be prioritized during this phase of vaccinating NYPD members.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s (PBA) President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement, “This is an important step towards clearing away the red tape and protecting both police officers and the New Yorkers we help every single day. This pandemic has only strengthened the bond between cops, EMTs, hospital staff, firefighters and all of the members of our ‘frontline family.’ When we respond together to emergency scenes or hospital wards, we need to have the same vaccine protection.”