ORMOC CITY – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar assures the police force will not be “choosy” and will take whatever coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is allocated to them by the Department of Health.
“Others want to choose if there are available choices, but if there’s none, just like all of us, we will take whatever is available,” he shared during his two-day visit at the Police Regional Office 8 here.
The official bared that based on the survey that they have conducted, more than 87 percent of the 220,000 police personnel are willing to be inoculated.
Once the vaccines are available to them, the PNP chief said he will be the first to get vaccinated, together with other senior officers to encourage the remaining 12 percent to get COVID1-9 jab.
As the vaccination for essential workers under the A4 priority list rolls out, the country’s top cop however maintained that it is not mandatory.
Eleazar said that they already have vaccination teams on standby. They will administer vaccination among the PNP.
He also disclosed that over 16,000 police officers have already been vaccinated as they belong to the A1, A2, A3 priority groups.
Meanwhile, Eleazar advised policemen to take advantage of vaccination offered by local government units while they are waiting for their vaccine allocation.