PNP deploys 70-man team for national vaccination drive

Published November 29, 2021, 1:40 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has sent seven vaccination teams composed of 70 police medical personnel to assist the government in its three-day coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination drive starting Monday, Nov. 29.

PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said the 70 personnel are from the PNP Health Service and the Medical Reserve Force (MRF) who underwent enough training and with experience in COVID vaccination.

“These MRF personnel where pulled out from their duty station at the RT-PCR swabbing facility in the MOA (Mall of Asia) complex in Pasay City for redeployment to assist in vaccination operations,” said Carlos.

He said one team composed of 10 PNP medical personnel will be deployed to the Regional Medical and Dental Unit of Police Regional Office-3 in Camp Olivas, Pampanga while another 10-man team will report to the Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba City.

Forty more MRF personnel comprising four teams will report to the QCPD Quezon City Police District Headquarters at Camp Karingal, Quezon City for further deployment to barangays in Quezon City.

Carlos said that a total of 5,530 PNP Medical Reserve Force personnel, 347 of whom are trained vaccinators, are on stand-by and waiting for on-call deployment in case the Department of Health needs more vaccination team personnel.

Also on standby for rapid deployment, according to Carlos, are ten Medical Reserve Force personnel in Camp Crame and 18 trained vaccinators at the Regional Medical-Dental Unit of NCRPO.

“The PNP is fully supportive of this national vaccination drive as the most potent response to the COVID-19 health crisis,” said Carlos.

“Now that the vaccine is available, we should seize the opportunity to inoculate as much of the target population to reach herd immunity. Then we may have mitigated the health crisis or at least put up a shield of protection,” he added.