By Arwen Eunice Pascua
Photo courtesy by Mint
MANILA — The Philippine National Police’s Medical Reserve Force (PNP-MRF) was deployed to various Quezon City vaccination centers to help out in administering the Covid-19 vaccines and prevent long lines and overcrowding.
Members of the PNP-MRF were assigned at the San Francisco High School, the Project 6 Elementary School, and the Masambong Elementary School, which are all being utilized as vaccination centers for city residents.
PNP-MRF personnel has served in PNP-operated quarantine facilities such as the Ultra Stadium in Pasig City and the PICC quarantine center in Pasay City.
PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said: “Our Medical Reserve Force is deployed to help ensure a smooth vaccination rollout. Tutulong sila sa pagbabakuna para mas mapabilis ang proseso at hindi naiipon ang napakaraming tao o humahaba ang pila sa ating mga vaccination centers.”
“Gusto nating iwasan na maging super spreader events ang pagaantay natin na tayo’y mabakunahan. Imbes na proteksyon eh baka virus pa ang makuha natin. Kaya minabuti po naming mag-deploy ng aming Medical Reserve Force para makatulong sa mga nangangasiwa sa ating vaccination sites,” he explained.
He cited an incident in Parañaque City where a crowd of residents attempted to get inoculated at a mall even if they were not scheduled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. In the process minimum health safety protocols, particularly physical distancing were disregarded.
“As early as February, the PNP already committed our Medical Reserve Force to the vaccination rollout. They will help in administering the vaccines,” he said and assured that the personnel of the PNP-MRF would be provided personal protective equipment and vitamins to help keep them Covid-free.
Eleazar said, “We will continue to coordinate and assess the situation with the Department of Health and our LGUs kung saan pa iyong mga vaccination centers na nangangailangan ng tulong.”
He added that the members of the PNP-MRF would be given a refresher course or reorientation for the administration of the vaccines before deployment.
Meanwhile, personnel from the National Capital Region Police Office’s Medical and Dental Unit will begin their reorientation on vaccination in preparation for the inoculation of the A4 priority group, which is being eyed this month. Included in the A4 category are essential government workers. (AI/MTVN)