MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday, instructed all regional and provincial police directors to coordinate with the Department of Health in identifying police camps that can be utilized to ramp up the government’s national vaccination program.
According to Eleazar’s statement, this movement is in anticipation of possible untoward incidents when the government inoculates essential workers and indigent Filipinos. Eleazar added that the PNP is also open to providing transportation by picking up vaccine recipients from their homes.
“Bukas ang pintuan ng bawat kampo ng pulis sa adhikaing ito at kung kinakailangan, handa po ang inyong PNP na sunduin at ihatid ang ating mga kababayan na babakunahan.”Philippine National Police Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleaza
(The door of every police station is open to you and if necessary, your PNP is ready to pick you up to be vaccinated)
The statement released by the PNP chief on Wednesday comes after vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. announced that police and military camps would be used as vaccination sites for the A4 priority sector as more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine shipments arrive in the country. The A4 priority list includes security forces, fire personnel, and those working in Customs and Immigration and may take place in the last week of May.
Eleazar said the PNP would submit to the National Task Force the list of all the camps that could be used, including the protocols that would be implemented for the vaccination.
Eleazar said police camps would make good vaccination sites because of their wide, open spaces where proper physical distancing will definitely be observed once the administration of vaccines takes place in these areas.
THE MANILA TIMES