MANILA – Some 2,266 police medical front-liners have so far been inoculated with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Monday.
Citing the latest data, PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said this figure is out of 2,426 police medical front-liners who have registered for vaccination.
Eleazar said only 103 personnel have experienced minor adverse reactions to the vaccine while 160 PNP members were not allowed for medical reasons.
However, he said these reactions often quickly disappeared and posed no harm to the inoculated police personnel.
Eleazar said 1,773 police personnel in Metro Manila and other regional offices have been vaccinated with the Chinese-donated Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines while 493 were injected with the COVAX Facility-donated AstraZeneca jabs, of which an initial 700 doses were given to the PNP.
On Sunday, the PNP logged 139 new cases, increasing the total number of Covid-19 infections among police officers to 13,147.
Recoveries reached 11,712 with 40 new ones.
Eleazar said that 48 patients are recuperating in hospitals while 1,351 in quarantine facilities.
The death toll remains at 36.
Eleazar reiterated the instruction of PNP chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, who also tested positive for Covid-19 on March 11, to the PNP personnel to strictly observe the minimum health safety protocols, most especially to pregnant police officers “who are working from home because they are more vulnerable to Covid-19 infections and other highly pathogenic respiratory infections.”
“They must take extra precautions, and should they feel Covid-19 symptoms or think they have been exposed to an infected person, they should immediately call their doctor and follow his or her advice” he added.
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.
Meanwhile, PNP spokesperson Ildebrandi Usan said Sinas is still under quarantine.
“He could probably leave the quarantine maybe Thursday,” he said. (PNA)