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Thomasville first responders, law enforcement receive COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 12:50:12-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — The City of Thomasville announced Friday that members of the Thomasville Fire Rescue and Thomasville Police Department have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Both TFR and TPD chiefs said they hope that getting vaccinated will assist with community confidence in the vaccine and help stop the spread of the virus.

“The health and safety of our team members are an important factor in ensuring the Thomasville Police Department is fully staffed and able to serve our community,” said TPD Chief Letteney. “The vaccine is a critical way by which we can help protect ourselves and others from the spread of COVID. I am being vaccinated today, and encourage all first responders to do the same.”

TFR Chief Tim Connell echoed the sentiment shared by Chief Letteney.

“We have to lead by example. By getting this shot, I feel we are showing the citizens we care about their safety and well being as we serve them," Chief Connell said.

This announcement comes one day after nearby Lowndes County began canceling appointments for those in line to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, due to a shortage in vaccines.

The State of Georgia is currently in Phase 1A of its vaccine distribution.

The phase, which initially prioritized frontline healthcare workers, was recently expanded to include firefighters, law enforcement officers, and adults aged 65 and older.