Policemen can now receive anti-Covid 19 vaccines from local government units, Philippine National Police (PHP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Thursday.
“I have already instructed all PNP personnel to take advantage of the Covid vaccines that would be offered to them by their respective LGU. This arrangement was already approved by Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año,” Eleazar said.
The PNP chief made the remarks as the force announced that it has yet to receive vaccines for personnel under the A4 category amid a bigger number of lawmen who now want to be vaccinated.
According to the PNP, a continuing survey showed that 92.23 percent of its more than 220,000 personnel want to get inoculated as of June, a big jump from only 51 percent in February when the survey began.
Eleazar attributed the increase to aggressive information dissemination continuously being carried out by the PNP’s Administrative Support on Covid-19 Task Force (ASCOTF).
Eleazar, who once headed the ASCOTF, said he and members of the PNP Command Group will be among those to get vaccinated under the A4 category to further boost vaccine acceptance not only among policemen, but also the public.
However, he said the PNP has yet to receive another batch of Covid-19 vaccines that would be used for personnel under the A4 category.