The Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready to help ensure the unhampered transportation of the first shipment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to the designated vaccination sites upon its scheduled arrival on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28.
PNP Chief Gen. Debold Sinas said all systems are in place for the conduct of PNP Vaccination Plan “Caduceus”, a strategic plan that will “operationalize all security and public safety operations for the vaccine rollout.”
“We have gone through a series of planning workshops and simulation exercises to ensure [the] organized and orderly transport of the vaccine shipment to the storage facilities and distribution hubs on D-day when the vaccine rollout shall commence,” Sinas said.
Sinas said that the Caduceus plan sets forth the security and public safety guidelines and procedures that will be undertaken by the PNP in support to the national government’s vaccination program.
The PNP is part of the Task Group Vaccine Cold Chain and Logistics Management, Task Group Immunization Program, and Task Group Demand Generation and Communication under the Philippine National COVID-19 Deployment and Vaccination Plan.
Meanwhile, Sinas said PNP personnel will be among the first recipients of the vaccines since they are considered as frontline workers.
He assured that they will adhere to the instructions of national health authorities in administering the vaccines to all police personnel, specifically those assigned with medical and healthcare duties. This includes those who will be fielded to assist Department of Health (DOH) personnel at the vaccination sites.
More than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are scheduled to arrive in the country beginning Sunday afternoon.
President Duterte will witness the arrival of 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at around 5 p.m. The jabs were donated by the Chinese government to the Philippines.
Meanwhile, 525,600 vaccine doses from British-Swedish pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, will be delivered to the country on Monday, March 1.