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PNP concerned over unvaxxed minors going outdoors



The National Police has expressed concern over unvaccinated minors going out of their homes and called on parents to adhere to health protocols for them.

“It has been a challenge among our personnel who are monitoring public places. We see children along with their parents or guardians, blending with people in crowded places,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said.

Carlos explained that under COVID under Alert Levels 2 and 3, the PNP can only do so much by reminding the adult companion to limit the exposure of minors in crowded places.

“We respect the decision of parents to bring their children outside their homes when attending to essential activities, but adhering to the minimum public health standard should be paramount for the safety of children,” he said.

Carlos noted that while pediatric inoculation may be ongoing, a large number of minors are still waiting for their turn to get their jab, so caution is still a must.

The PNP chief, meanwhile, said the force will abide by guidelines for areas under Alert Level 4 where the movement of minors may be limited.

Those guidelines, which impose age restrictions for those allowed to go outdoors, would give police personnel the authority to restrict the movement of minors in public places, according to the PNP. (John Roson)