Detroit police chief James Craig, 130 officers receive first dose of COVID vaccine

Vaccine was made available to DPD Friday

DETROIT – Police Chief James Craig set an example Friday for not only for members of the police, but also for the Detroit community.

Jan. 8, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 516,376; Death toll now at 13,132

After fighting a battle with COVID early in the pandemic, Craig got his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine alongside 130 DPD officers.

“It feels good,” Craig said. “Maybe my arm will be a little sore.”

The vaccine was made available to any Detroit Police officer or DDOT bus driver who wants it Friday.

Craig’s department was ravaged by COVID-19 in 2020. At one point, nearly 700 officers were quarantined.

The department is still mourning the COVID related deaths of Cpt. Jonathan Parnell, dispatcher Shawn Pride, chaplain Valerie Parks and reserve officer Gus Hughes.

With 2,800 people working for the Detroit Police Department, will they get the vaccine?

“I hope in doing this, it will serve to encourage men and women on the frontlines to get the vaccine,” Craig said.

Lt. Mark Young said coronavirus is a danger they face on the street that they can’t afford to take home to the people they love.

“I want to be one of the first persons to take the vaccines,” Young said. “I need my people to earn, they have earned their retirements. I want their families safe. I want the community safe.”

Anyone who believes they might have coronavirus should follow the CDC guidelines. Michigan.gov has a list of resources available to those concerned about COVID-19.

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