THE police units and offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were directed to coordinate with chief executives of local government units (LGUs) regarding the pilot vaccination of minors with comorbidities.
“I have tasked police chiefs and unit commanders to maintain close coordination with LGU officials so that they will know what assistance police personnel can provide. We need to ensure that health protocols are followed if the inoculation will be done in vaccination sites so as not to make it a super spreader event,” PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar said.
On Friday, October 22, several local government units in Metro Manila started the inoculation of minors in certain hospitals.
If allowed by the Department of Health (DOH), some LGUs are mulling to conduct the vaccination in their own inoculation sites. At present, at least 23 hospitals across Metro Manila are being used for the inoculation of minors.
“I am also urging police offices to help in educating and encouraging the parents to have their children vaccinated and protected from COVID-19. For now, vaccination is our primary protection against the deadly disease, aside from following health protocols,” he added.
So far, a total of 5,781 adolescents, aged 15 to 17-years-old with comorbidities, have been vaccinated against COVID-19.