MANILA – Some 2,070 police medical front-liners have so far been inoculated with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19 vaccines), the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Friday.
Citing the latest data, PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said this figure is out of 2,219 police medical front-liners who have registered for vaccination.
Eleazar said only 88 personnel have so far experienced minor adverse reactions to the vaccines while 149 PNP members were not allowed for medical reasons.
However, he said that these reactions often quickly disappeared and posed no harm to the inoculated police personnel.
Eleazar said 1,772 in Metro Manila and other police regional offices have been vaccinated with the Chinese-donated Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines while 298were injected with the COVAX Facility-donated AstraZeneca jabs, of which an initial 700 doses were given to the PNP.
The PNP continues to grapple with a surge in Covid-19 cases, after logging 111 new cases as of Thursday night.
This brings the number of active Covid-19 cases in the police force to 1,176.
Eleazar said that 43 patients and 1,133 patients are recuperating in hospitals and quarantine facilities, respectively.
Another 40 police officers were also reported to have recovered from the disease, bringing the PNP’s recovery tally to 11,525 or 90.5 percent of 12,735 Covid-19 cases in the police force. The death toll remains at 34.
The PNP has identified the whole Kiangan Building that houses the Provident Funds and the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Inc. as an additional quarantine facility.
The police force has earlier adopted a modified work scheme for its civilian personnel as part of efforts to curb the surge in Covid-19 cases. (PNA)