Updated: March 4, 2021 9:07:42 pm
Close to 64 per cent of the total strength of police personnel and officers from three jurisdictions in the district — Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune rural — have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to date. This accounts for 9,269 out of 14,446 cops from these police bodies.
The vaccination for police personnel in the district began in the second week of February as part of the initial vaccination drive for frontline workers. According to figures till Wednesday night, out of 8,644 in Pune city police, 5,198 received their first shot. This accounts for around 60 per cent of the total strength. To date, 453 out of 744 officers and 4,745 out of 7,900 constabulary staff have been inoculated.
Additional Commissioner of Police (administration) Jalinder Supekar said, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we assigned a wellness officer at each police unit, including police stations.
He added, “Now that the vaccinations have started, these officers will liaise for their units. Officers of ACP (assistant commissioner of police) and DCP (deputy commissioner of police) rank, incharge of administrative matters are coordinating in a systematic manner. Those receiving the doses are getting digital certificates. Initially, doses were administered at the Shivajinagar-based headquarters, but now it is taking place at some designated centres.”
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In Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissionerate jurisdiction, 2,245 out of 3,212, which is around 69.8 per cent, have received their first dose. Among them are 176 out of 265 officers and 2,069 out of 2,947 constabulary staff. Additional Commissioner of Police for Pimpri-Chinchwad, Ramnath Pokale said, “The vaccination of the police force is being centrally monitored. The round of first doses for the entire force will get over in the next few days; and the round of second doses will start as per schedule.”
In Pune rural police force, 1,826 out of a total strength of 2,590 police personnel have received first doses, which is around 70 per cent. These include 142 officers and 1,684 constabulary staff. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Home) for Pune rural police, Amrut Deshmukh said, “All personnel are getting the doses at designated centres across the district.”
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in March last year, police have been deployed for a multitude of frontline duties: from checking movement restrictions and enforcing Covid safety norms to security of Covid facilities and transport of stranded migrants, in addition to regular policing duties. These activities made them extremely vulnerable to the viral infection.
In the two-lakh strong state police force, over 30,000 positive cases and 330 deaths have been reported to date.
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