MANILA – The delivery of the much-needed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines will hasten the country’s return to normalcy, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, said Monday night.
“The AFP extends its gratitude to the national government and the persevering teams that tirelessly work hard to bring these much-needed vaccines. The steady delivery of the doses shall bring immense benefits that the people need in order to restore normalcy in the country,” Sobejana said in a statement forwarded at about 8 p.m.
His remarks came as the AFP rolled out the vaccination for its personnel under the A4 sector with China’s Sinovac vaccine on Monday.
“With full confidence in our government’s pursuit of promoting the interests of our people, the AFP leadership urges all its members to wholeheartedly support the national vaccination program,” he added.
The Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital received an initial 500 Sinovac doses for personnel assigned to the AFP General Headquarters in Quezon City.
In an advisory issued last week, the National Vaccination Operations Center assured the regular and steady delivery of 20.5 million doses of Coronavac, also known as the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, up to October.
The AFP has yet to receive the additional doses it requested for military treatment facilities (MTFs) in the National Capital Region, including the Army General Hospital, Manila Naval Hospital, and Air Force General Hospital.
The AFP completed the delivery of the 70,000 Sinovac vaccines to MTFs nationwide on April 29.
As of June 11, a total of 34,978 AFP personnel have been given their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine while 34,390 have received their second dose.
Meanwhile, 3,339 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines have been delivered to MTFs in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao as of June 10.
A total of 1,667 AFP personnel have been administered their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine while 1,155 have completed their second dose. (PNA)