THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) on Tuesday started the vaccination of cops on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, starting with those in the capital region.
“We were given 500 vaccines for today’s vaccination,” said Police chief Guillermo T. Eleazar, who received a CoronaVac shot developed by Sinovac Biotech, Ltd. during the launching ceremony.
He said the doses used in at least eight vaccination sites in Metro Manila were part of the 53,000 vaccines given to the capital region.
Mr. Eleazar said members of the PNP Command Group were also injected with their initial vaccine doses to encourage police officers to receive their jabs.
He noted that more than 92% of police officers are now willing to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Cops who decline to be inoculated would not be penalized, the police chief said.
As of June 14, PNP data show 25,866 police officers and non-uniformed personnel have tested positive for coronavirus. Of the total, 1,865 are active cases, 23,930 have recovered, while 71 died. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza