Toronto police officers will be patrolling near COVID-19 vaccination sites in the coming days as the campaign to immunize children ages 5 to 11 ramps up.
Hooray. David Hopkinson told Global News that there have not been any reported incidents at vaccination sites in the city, but said the service monitors the situation domestically and internationally, where protests cause disruption or Protest plans at clinics have been reported.
Hopkinson said the “general directive to officers” was being taken as a “proactive measure”.
He said officers would not necessarily be stationed at vaccine clinics, but would patrol them as part of their shifts.
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Hopkinson said there have been some concerns from community members regarding getting their children vaccinated and the move is being taken for reassurance.
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“Interference or obstruction will not be tolerated,” a Toronto police tweet read.
“There will be a fee if there is a guarantee.”
Hopkinson said the officers were not intended to stop the protests, but said protesters had no right to harass individuals who visited clinics.
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