PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar took the first dose of a Sinovac shot in a ceremonial vaccination at Camp Crame.
Joined by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant Gen. Israel Ephraim T. Dickson and PNP Directorial Staff chief Lt. Gen. Dionardo B. Carlos, Eleazar took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine under the A4 category at the PNP national headquarters.
The top cop received his first shot of COVID-19 vaccine as the police organization started the inoculation of its personnel under the A4 priority group.
Members of the PNP Command Group and the PNP Directorial Staff and heads of different National Operational and Administrative Support Units also got their first doses to convince all policemen of the safety of the vaccines and inspire them to get vaccinated.
“Bilang ama ng PNP, gusto kong ipakita sa ating hanay na epektibo po ang bakuna laban sa COVID-19. Lahat po ng bakunang aprubado ng Food and Drug Administration ay ligtas kaya’t huwag po kayong matakot na magpaturok nito,” Gen. Eleazar said after getting the first jab.
“Mas magagampanan po natin nang maayos ang ating trabaho bilang mga front liners kung mababakunahan po tayo. Kailangan nating pangalagaan ang ating kalusugan mula sa coronavirus upang magawa natin ang ating mandato na magpatupad ng batas at proteksyunan ang publiko,” he added.
According to the PNP chief, the vaccine confidence rate among PNP personnel is already at 92.76 percent. He expressed belief that the vaccination of police officers would also encourage civilians to get inoculated against COVID-19.
The PNP this week was allotted a total of 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. More doses will be supplied to the police force as more vaccines are expected to arrive in the country in the coming months.
“Target po talaga natin na lahat ng ating personnel ay mabakunahan laban sa COVID-19. Magpapatuloy naman po ang pagdating ng mas marami pang supply ng bakuna sa mga susunod na buwan kaya’t nasisiguro kong magiging mabilis din ang pagbabakuna sa ating mga personnel,” Gen. Eleazar said.
He also urged his men not to choose the vaccine brand that will be administered on them.
“Huwag na po tayong mamili. Ang tanging piliin lang natin ay ang maging protekado. The best vaccines are the ones that are already available to us. Let us all contribute to attaining herd immunity for everyone’s safety,” the PNP chief said.