A looming mandatory vaccine deadline for Ottawa police officers seems to have boosted vaccine uptake among the force.
Ottawa’s police chief said Monday that more than 95 per cent of active Ottawa Police Service members had become vaccinated.
“Active members are up around 96, 97 per cent, which is in line with most other agencies in the city,” Chief Peter Sloly said in a Zoom media availability. “That’s through a lot of helpful education and engagement of our leadership team and support from Ottawa Public Health.”
Prior to the Oct. 29 announcement that mandated vaccines for all OPS members, approximately 84 per cent of the force was fully vaccinated. The vaccine mandate comes into effect on Jan. 31, 2022.
The rising vaccination rate was positive news, Sloly said, given the prevalence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and rising case numbers that are sure to affect the police service.
“We’re making staffing adjustments,” Sloly said. “This is obviously a much more transmissible variant and we’re expecting direct and indirect impacts to our staffing.
“Like every organization in the country or around the world, quite frankly, we’re making adjustments in real time”