Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar will be the first to be vaccinated once the Philippine National Police (PNP) starts the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination for its personnel under the A4 category.
PGen Eleazar said he will be joined by the members of the Command Group in receiving the first dose as part of the information campaign for the more than 220,000 personnel of the PNP that the vaccination is a responsibility of every citizen and that all the vaccines brand are safe.
“HIndi kami mamimili kung anong brand ng COVID-19 vaccine ang ituturok sa amin. We subscribe to the findings of health experts that all vaccine brands are safe and effective kaya we will take advantage of this free vaccination regardless of the brand,” said PGen Eleazar.
He explained that aggressive information dissemination has been proven effective in the PNP in convincing PNP personnel to be inoculated.
When PGen Eleazar was still the commander of the PNP’s Administrative Support on COVID-19 Task Force (ASCOTF), the first survey he initiated revealed that only around 51 percent of PNP personnel wanted to be vaccinated in February this year.
As the PNP-ASCOTF started posting fact sheets and videos from the Department of Health about the benefits of being vaccinated against the COVID-19 using the PNP-COVID Data (CODA) which is accessible to all PNP personnel, the figure continuously increased on a daily basis.
As of June 10, a total of 92.23 % of PNP personnel have expressed willingness to be vaccinated.
So far, the PNP is yet to receive another batch of COVID-19 vaccines that would be used for its personnel under the A4 list. But PGen Eleazar said that the PNP has always been ready to start the inoculation, citing the proper and orderly vaccination during the first vaccination roll-out in March this year.
“Hinihintay pa namin yung vaccine allocation namin but I have already instructed all PNP personnel to take advantage of the COVID vaccines that would be offered to them by their respective LGUs (Local Government Units). This arrangement was already approved by our DILG Secretary Eduardo M Año,” said PGen Eleazar.
Based on the latest PNP data, a total 16,646 policemen have already been vaccinated, a total of 11,167 of them have already completed the vaccination while the rest are just waiting for the schedule of their second dose.
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