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Vax mandatory for JCF cohort

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:30 AM

The police hierarchy is rejecting claims that it is denying promotions in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for cops who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Senior communications strategist Dennis Brooks said the claim is an unfortunate interpretation of internal correspondence.

He said, however, that the Medical Services Branch of the constabulary has recommended that the cohort of 32 prospective corporals and sergeants be vaccinated since their promotional course involves close contact.

Vaccination does not prevent persons from either contracting or spreading COVID-19. Inoculation only minimises symptoms.

According to Brooks, another cohort recently completed the programme virtually, but several components had to be aborted.

Course administrators have recommended that the elements be restored and conducted face-to-face.

Brooks insisted that the vaccination requirement was specific to this cohort and did not apply across the board.

At the same time, he said there would be other opportunities for promotions to the ranks of corporal and sergeant, but not immediately.

Brooks also said there was nothing wrong with the vaccination requirement for candidates in the impending corporal and sergeant promotional programme.

“There is no person who has been recruited into the JCF who has not taken a hepatitis B shot,” he said.

Amid unease over the vaccine requirement for the promotional programme, the chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation met with the Police High Command on Wednesday.

Federation Chairman Corporal Rohan James said he was satisfied with the discussions.

– Andre Williams contributed to this story.