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PNP to start AstraZeneca jabs, secures second Sinovac doses

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday announced it will begin its vaccination rollout of 700 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for its personnel beginning Monday, 15 March.

PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP officer-in-charge and concurrent commander of the police’s Administrative Support on COVID-19 Task Force (ASCOTF), also disclosed that they have already secured the second dose, or booster, for the 1,196 of their medical frontline workers who were inoculated with the Sinovac-made CoronaVac from 1 to 7 March.

“We have already received and secured the 1,200 doses of Sinovac which will be used for the second shot for our PNP health care workers who were earlier vaccinated in our vaccination site at Camp Crame. The second dose of Sinovac will be administered 28 days after the first shot,” Eleazar stated.

He likewise noted that there were also police medical workers assigned outside Metro Manila who received the Chinese anti-coronavirus disease jabs using the allocations of the Department of Health (DoH) in its regional offices.

The second doses to be administered them will also come from the DoH.

“The vaccination of Astrazeneca will start on March 15 and we will prioritize the remaining health care workers, including the non-medical staff of our hospital and isolation facilities. And it will only be for those assigned here in National Capital Region due to the limited initial allocation,” said Eleazar..

He alsoexplained that of the 700 AstraZeneca doses allocated for the PNP, only 350 will be vaccinated since the other 350 are for the second dose.

For the AstraZeneca vaccination, the acting PNP chief said the first priority are senior citizen health care workers in the organization with comorbidity while the second priority are the senior citizen-personnel healthcare workers.

Unlike the PNP uniformed personnel who are mandated to retire after reaching the age of 56, the retirement age of PNP-NUPs is 65. Some of them are working in the PNP Health Service.

“There are only a few of them here in Metro Manila so we expect that there will be remaining Astrazeneca doses for the third priority which is our health care worker personnel, regardless of age, but with comorbidity. If there are still left, we will go to the fourth priority which is our health care workers who were not vaccinated by Sinovac,” he said.

More than 80% of the 219,000-strong police force have already signified their willingness to be inoculated against COVID-19, a survey of the PNP-ASCOTF yielded.

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