Toronto police officers will patrol near COVID-19 vaccination sites in the coming days as the campaign to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 intensifies.
Const. David Hopkinson told Global News that no incidents have been reported at vaccination sites in the city, but said the service monitors the situation nationally and internationally.
Hopkinson said the officers are not aiming to stop the protests, but said the protesters have no right to harass people who attend the clinics.
He said the “general directive to officers” is being done as a “proactive measure.”
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He said officers will not necessarily be stationed at the vaccine clinics, but will patrol them as part of their shifts.
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Hopkinson said there have been some concerns from community members regarding taking their children for vaccinations and this move is being done to provide reassurance.
“Interference or obstruction will not be tolerated,” read a Toronto police tweet.
“Charges will be imposed if warranted.”
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