The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday ordered local police units to create a platoon or company-size quick reaction force to address crowding in vaccination centers.
PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said units should be ready for deployment on short notice and must coordinate with local government officials in case vaccination activities might need to be canceled once the behavior of people in vaccination centers becomes rowdy.
“I have instructed all police chiefs to coordinate with local chief executives to determine the vaccination rules and process in their areas during the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine period,” Eleazar said in a statement.
The measure came as people flocked to vaccination centers across Metro Manila on Thursday, a day before the two-week ECQ in the region over reports that unvaccinated individuals will not be allowed to go to work or receive financial aid.
This resulted in a breach of safe physical distancing and other minimum public health safety standards, hence, the cancelation of vaccination activities in some areas.
On Thursday, Malacañang ordered local government officials to implement measures to control crowding in Covid-19 vaccination centers, warning them that failure to do so can be considered “dereliction of duty.”
The National Task Force against Covid-19 also assured that vaccination will continue during the two-week ECQ in a bid to achieve population protection and arrest the further spread of the coronavirus Delta variant.
Meanwhile, PNP deputy chief for administration and Administrative Support for Covid-19 Task Force (ASCOTF) head. Lt. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz announced that the police force has received 10,000 doses of the single-shot Janssen Covid-19 vaccine from the Department of Health last August 3.
The American-made vaccines are contained in 2,000 vials, he added.
Vera Cruz said these vaccine doses will be used for police personnel assigned in the National Capital Region Plus and those assigned in island provinces.