Cochrane Mounties have yet to be prioritized to receive immunity against COVID-19.
On Monday (April, 12) Phase 2C of the provincial vaccine rollout got underway, and RCMP wasn't included on the list of frontline workers eligible.
RCMP, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics are all classified as the province's first responders, who are required to respond to disasters and critical situations on a daily basis.
Paramedics and EMTs became eligible to receive their shots in Phase 1A, at the start of the New Year.
While Mounties couldn't speak directly on the eligibility criteria, Corporal Troy Savinkoff with the Cochrane RCMP did say that our local officers encounter an elevated COVID risk on a regular basis.
"In our efforts to support Alberta Health Services (AHS) with enforcing COVID non-compliance and so forth - our officers are working hand in hand with them, supporting them," says Savinkoff. "That does include going out into the public and going to residences of suspected COVID positive people."
In addition to responding to non-compliance issues within Cochrane, local mounties were assisting residents of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation at the height of a COVID outbreak.
"Like other communities, Stoney Nakoda First Nation has had COVID issues this year and the Stoney Nakoda Health Services out there is working hard to keep the COVID outbreak isolated," says Savinkoff. "Again, our officers are with them during these times of struggle, assisting the best they can while also trying their best not to contract COVID themselves."
Savinkoff says that the safety of the community remains their top priority, and that includes supporting AHS in the fight against the virus, and ensuring that residents are following health protocols.
"Supporting AHS as we issue these people some orders, asking people to isolate and so forth," says Savinkoff. "We have experienced that in the Cochrane area and our officers are out there doing their best to stay protected while assisting AHS."
To date, over 970, 000 Albertans have received some form of immunity, and close to 190, 000 Albertans are fully immunized with two doses.