Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has ordered all PNP regional and provincial directors to coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) in identifying police camps that could be used as vaccination sites for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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He gave the instruction as the national government prepares for the inoculation of essential workers and indigent Filipinos.

“We are in public service and the public can be assured of our help anytime, any place,” he said.

The PNP chief’s assurance came after vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. announced that police and military camps would be used as vaccination sites for the A4 priority sector as more Covid-19 vaccine shipments arrive in the country.

Inoculation for the A4 category in the vaccine priority list, which includes security forces, fire personnel, and those working in customs and immigration, may take place in the last week of May.

“We will submit the list to the National Task Force against Covid-19 of all the camps that could be used, including the protocols that we would implement for the vaccination,” said Eleazar.

He said police camps would make good vaccination sites because of their wide, open spaces where proper physical distancing will definitely be observed once the administration of vaccines takes place in these areas.

The PNP Chief said he plans to confer with Galvez on the use of police camps as inoculation hubs.

“We will identify which police camps we can make available for the vaccination and coordinate with the National Task Force against Covid-19 for its requirements.,” he said.

As for the possible use of police stations as vaccination centers, Eleazar said that the PNP has to await further guidance from President Rodrigo Duterte who previously floated the idea. SOVEREIGNPH

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