FRONT-LINE police officers should be considered a priority when it comes to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine.

That is the view of Yorkshire Police Federation Chair Brian Booth who says it is ‘astonishing’ that front-line officers have not been considered. Frontline health and social care workers are second in the Government’s published priority list for the vaccine roll-out, but police officers do not feature at all.

Mr Booth said: “It’s astonishing, and sadly shows what they think of us. My colleagues have remained at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, putting themselves and their families at risk to ensure we try and keep the general public safe.

“I am dismayed to see that there is no prioritisation in relation to the vaccine being administered. I hope this is reconsidered by Government as officers are in the unique position of not being able to control the environment that they work in.”