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Police recruits in Connecticut must be vaccinated against COVID-19: officials

All departments with recruits in sessions that started this month were notified, and are adhering to the requirement, according to the academy.

MERIDEN, Conn. — *Editor's Note: The video above aired on August 19*

The Connecticut Police Academy is requiring all of its cadets to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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In accordance with Gov. Ned Lamont's recent executive order, all recruits must show proof of full vaccination, or have gotten their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27, academy officials told FOX61.

The requirement applies to recruits attending a basic training session beginning on or after September 1.

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"If a recruit does not receive a vaccination in the manner described above and date required, they will not be allowed to remain in the recruit class," Basic Training Division Director Marc Fasano said in a statement.

All departments with recruits in sessions that started this month were notified, and are adhering to the requirement, according to the academy.

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As of September 16, a total of 2,301,938 people in Connecticut are fully vaccinated and 2,497,600 have at least gotten their first doses, according to Gov. Lamont.

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