By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started rolling out the booster doses for uniformed and non-uniformed personnel under priority groups A1, A2, and A3 in a bid to fully protect the men and women working in the organization.
The PNP medical and healthcare frontliners performing hospital duty are the first batch to receive the Pfizer booster shots. There is 1,390 personnel of the PNP Health Service. Next in line are the 171 members of the PNP Medical Reserve Force serving in police-related quarantine facilities.
The rest of the booster doses will be administered to senior citizens among Non-Uniformed Personnel, and to PNP personnel with comorbidities and immunocompromised state.
“Hopefully we can complete giving the booster doses to the target groups soonest, especially the PNP medical and healthcare frontliners who will be fielded for the 3-day National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1,” Chief PNP Gen. Dionardo Carlos said.
The government is eyeing to inoculate some 15 million more individuals under the National Vaccination Program.
In its latest data, the PNP already administered 395,315 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 223,615 PNP personnel. Out of this, 209,358 personnel are fully vaccinated, while 14,257 are still waiting for their second dose.
However, 2,132 or 0.94% of the total number of personnel are still unvaccinated for one reason or another. Some of them are due to medical reasons such as allergic reaction, recent recovery from COVID-19, or recent vaccination against Flu or Pneumonia.
PNP’s goal is to keep everyone healthy especially during the election season where our prime goal is to ensure safe and peaceful conduct of the May 2022 poll. (ai/mtvn)