The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has inoculated a total of 446 Persons Under Police Custody (PUPC) in Camp Karingal and other police stations.
Police Brigadier General Antonio Yarra said that based on several studies, the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus is higher in prisons, where people live in close proximity to each other and have limited access to testing and personal protective equipment. Thus, vaccination is important for them.
To address this problem, the Quezon City local government in line with its QCProtekTODO vaccination program initiated the vaccination of PUPCs in Camp Karingal with the help of the QCPD District Medical and Dental Unit.
On October 14, a total of 109 PUPCs in Camp Karingal got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, comprising 12 from the District Special Operations Unit, 61 from Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, 29 from the District Drug Enforcement Unit and seven from the District Anti-Carnapping Unit.
Meanwhile, a total of 337 PUPCs from La Loma Police Station and Talipapa Police Station also received their first dose of the vaccine last October 11 to 13.
“Alam naman po natin na mas prone ang mga PUPC magkakahawaan sa loob ng jail facility dahil most likely physical distancing ay hindi nasusunod, kaya naman nagpapasalamat po tayo sa ating QC-LGU dahil binigyan nila ng alokasyon ang ating mga PUPCs sapagkat karapatan din naman nila na mabakunahan upang maprotektahan sa banta ng virus,” Yarra said.
The QCPD said it is always ready to extend a helping hand especially in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Yarra also encourages the public to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also their loved ones.
“Ang pagbabakuna sa ating mga PUPC ay nagpapakita lamang na wala tayong kinikilingan sapagkat hangad ko na ang bawat residente dito sa ating siyudad ay mabakunahan upang maging ligstas sa banta ng nakamamatay na virus na ito,” QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said.