Most members of the Winnipeg Police Service are fully vaccinated

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Ninety-two per cent of the Winnipeg Police Service’s sworn and civilian workforce is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the 2020 annual report, there are 1,917 members in the police service. Based on this number, that means more than 150 members are not fully vaccinated.

However, police would not comment on specific numbers in terms of how many of those who are not fully vaccinated are active members of the workforce or in front-facing roles. They also did not provide details on the number of members in the police force as of 2021.

Members were asked to declare their vaccine status by last Friday as they are essential emergency service providers and are required to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15.

The service hopes more members will choose to get the shot.

Those who are not fully vaccinated by the deadline will be subject to workplace requirements or restrictions, which will be announced at a later time.

In September, the City of Winnipeg announced it will be requiring vaccines for front-line employees, specifically those who have contact with vulnerable residents.

At the time, Michael Jack, the CAO for Winnipeg, said the city is exploring options for unvaccinated staff, including frequent testing or potential redeployment to roles that don’t require contact with the public.

- With files from CTV’s Devon McKendrick.