More than 200 police officers have yet to receive the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, some face being removed from their posts

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More than 200 police officers have yet to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

All Constabulary personnel, authorized officers and recruits must have had their first shot by the end of the weekend.

As of Friday, 98% of the 10,500 employees covered by the mandate had received a vaccine.

Police said they expected to quit a small number of employees on Monday.

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Discussions will take place with workers regarding reclassification, unpaid leave or medical exemptions.

Meanwhile, firefighters had until late Friday afternoon to get the two shots.

Fire and Emergency said Friday afternoon that about 95% of paid employees were fully vaccinated and nearly 2% had received a dose.

Nearly 90% of volunteers were fully vaccinated and nearly 3% were partially covered.

In November last year, there were 900 unvaccinated police officers.

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Fire and Emergency said it was confident it would be able to continue to respond and keep communities safe.

About 80% of the more than 10,000 firefighters in New Zealand are volunteers.

Last year, Fire and Emergency tweeted that they would respond to emergencies in all levels of Covid-19 protection.

He said their on-call staff would wear face coverings and practice physical distancing where possible.

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