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New York City will start to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to the largest police force in the nation this week, the mayor said Wednesday.
“We expect about 10,000 officers to be reached by Sunday,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his daily morning press conference.
The mayor added that 25,000 of the NYPD 35,000 uniformed officers are eligible for the vaccine.
It was unclear if those eligible was limited by rank or assignment.
New York City Correction Officers are also now eligible for the shot.
Cops had been scheduled to start receiving the shots in December, but it was delayed because the state hadn’t supplied enough doses.
Starting Sunday, law enforcement will be able to get the vaccine at the Army Terminal in Brooklyn and Bathgate Complex in the Bronx around the clock with an appointment.
“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,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.
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