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Eleazar gets 1st jab as PNP rolls out vaccination

June 15, 2021 - Tuesday 5:06 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image FIRST JAB. PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar (seated) receives his first dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine administered by DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana (wearing DOH vest) during the rollout of vaccination for police officers under the A4 sector in Camp Crame on Tuesday (June 15, 2021). The A4 priority sector includes front-liners in essential sectors, government workers and uniformed personnel. (PNA photo by Joey Razon)

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday took the first coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine for the police force's A4 priority group.

In a ceremony in Camp Crame, Eleazar received his first dose of China's Sinovac vaccine administered by Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana.

Bilang ama ng PNP, gusto kong ipakita sa ating hanay na epektibo po ang bakuna laban sa Covid-19. Lahat po ng bakunang aprubado ng Food and Drug Administration ay ligtas kaya’t huwag po kayong matakot na magpaturok nito (As the father of the PNP, I want to show to our men that the best vaccines are those available. All of them are safe and effective because they were all approved by the Food and Drug Administration),” Eleazar said.

Other members of the PNP Command Group who also received the jabs were deputy chief for administration, Lt. Gen. Joselito Veracruz, and deputy chief for operations, Lt. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson.

Mas magagampanan po natin nang maayos ang ating trabaho bilang mga front-liners kung mababakunahan po tayo. Kailangan nating pangalagaan ang ating kalusugan mula sa coronavirus upang magawa natin ang ating mandato na magpatupad ng batas at proteksyunan ang publiko (We will be able to do our job better as front-liners if we are vaccinated. We need to protect our health from the coronavirus so that we can fulfill our mandate to enforce the law and protect the public),” he added.

He said the vaccination of the top officials of the PNP just now proves that it follows the rules on vaccination priority.

Based on the rules, A1 (medical front-liners) should be the first to be vaccinated, followed by A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons with comorbidities). A4 category includes essential front-liners and indigent Filipinos.

Eleazar said this would also help boost vaccine confidence among police personnel which is now at 92.76 percent.

Around 500 doses were allotted to the PNP for Tuesday's A4 vaccination rollout.

“(Some) 200 of this will be administered in Camp Crame for the senior officers, another 200 will be for the whole of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) and 50 for SAF (Special Action Force) and another 50 for Avsegroup (Aviation Security Group) for a total of 500,” said Eleazar.

He said more doses will be supplied to the police force as more vaccine supplies are expected to arrive in the country in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Eleazar urged police officers to avail of whatever vaccine brand is available.

Huwag na po tayong mamili. Ang tanging piliin lang natin ay ang maging protekado (Let's not choose anymore. Let's just choose to be protected). The best vaccines are the ones that are already available to us. Let us all contribute to attaining herd immunity for everyone’s safety,” he said.

Since the PNP started the vaccination on March 1, more than 18,000 policemen were vaccinated -- all of them under the A1 to A3 categories.

Jail personnel get vax

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) also rolled out vaccination for its personnel belonging to the A4 priority sector.

Some 313 doses of Sinovac vaccines were delivered from the National Vaccination Operations Center to the BJMP National Headquarters in Quezon City for Tuesday’s vaccination activity.

As of Monday, a total of 9,791 BJMP personnel had their first dose and 6,592 second dose of Sinovac, Astrazeneca, and Pfizer vaccines. 

BJMP Chief, Jail Director Allan Iral said they support the government's call to further intensify Covid-19 vaccination, especially to the members of the uniformed service who are also serving as front-liners.

Binago man ng Covid-19 ang araw araw nating pamumuhay, hindi naman nito binago ang sigasig ng bawat isa na tuparin ang tungkulin na paglingkuran ang ating mga kababayan lalo na ang ating mga kapatid na nasa kulungan (Covid-19 may have change our way of life but it can never change our commitment to serve our fellow Filipinos, especially those who are in jails)”, said Iral. 

Dr. Elmer Punzalan, Field Implementation and Coordination Team of the Department of Health, reiterated the importance of having the vaccine and urged everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, BJMP spokesman, Jail Chief Insp. Xavier Solda said 1,631 of the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were already vaccinated through the efforts of their respective local government units.

He said the continuing vaccination of the PDLs is prioritizing the senior citizens and those with comorbidities.

Solda said as of Tuesday, 3,434 PDLs have tested positive for Covid-19 with 152 active cases and 33 deaths. There are 117,489 PDLs currently detained in BJMP facilities.

As to BJMP personnel, Solda said there were a total of 2,024 who tested positive for Covid-19, of which 65 are active cases.

He said 12 personnel succumbed to Covid-19. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan