Councillor Carr’s urgent motion to protect Vancouver first responders passes unanimously

Published Apr 13, 2021 11:40 AM

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April 13th, 2021

VANCOUVER, BC - Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr introduced an urgent motion at today’s Council meeting calling for the province to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Vancouver first responders. “I’m so pleased the vote was unanimous to send the strongest possible message to provincial leaders,” said Carr.

"These are the people on the front lines of our community -- emergency services are essential services,” said Councillor Carr. “First responders take great risks to serve the public, particularly during this current wave of highly infectious variants of COVID-19. During the last two weeks over two dozen members of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services have had to isolate due to potential exposure, including 12 staff from Fire Hall #2 in the Downtown Eastside.”

Some health authorities are already prioritizing vaccinations for first responders, including Fraser Health which announced this past weekend that first responders will begin receiving vaccines in Surrey and White Rock.

Carr’s motion calls on Vancouver’s Mayor to send a letter to Premier Horgan, Health Minister Dix and Vancouver MLAs, requesting that they ensure the appropriate decision makers prioritize Vancouver fire and police first responders for COVID immunization, with fire fighters and police who work in the Downtown Eastside as an immediate priority.

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Background

Vancouver first responders still waiting while Surrey, White Rock crews get vaccinated, April 12, 2021