Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said the PNP, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), will identify police camps that could be used as vaccination sites as the national government prepares for the inoculation of essential workers and indigent Filipinos.
This was the order PGen. Eleazar gave to all PNP regional directors and provincial directors so that they could prepare this early for the possible use of police camps in the government’s vaccination plan and to anticipate all possible untoward incidents that may happen.
“Bukas ang pintuan ng bawat kampo ng pulis sa adhikaing ito at kung kinakailangan, handa po ang inyong PNP na sunduin at ihatid ang ating mga kababayan na babakunahan,” said PGen, Eleazar.
The PNP chief’s assurance came after vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. announced that police and military camps would be used as vaccination sites for the A4 priority sector as more COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive in the country.
Inoculation for the A4 category in the vaccine priority list, which includes security forces, fire personnel, and those working in customs and immigration, may take place in the last week of May.
“Naglabas na ako ng utos sa ating mga Regional at Provincial Directors na tukuyin ang mga kampo na puwedeng gawing vaccination sites at maghanda na rin dahil sinabi ni Secretary Galvez na malamang sa susunod na buwan ay mag-umpisa na ang pagbabakuna sa mas maraming bilang nga mga Pilipino. We will submit the list to the NTF COVID-19 of all the camps that could be used, including the protocols that we would implement for the vaccination,” said PGen. Eleazar.
The PNP’s top cop said police camps would make good vaccination sites because of their wide, open spaces where proper physical distancing will be observed once the administration of vaccines takes place in these areas.
“Nasisiguro kong walang siksikan kapag dito ginawa ang bakunahan. Hindi na rin tayo kailangang magdeploy ng mga pulis para bantayan ang bakunahan dahil naroon na sila mismo sa loob ng kampo.”
The PNP Chief said he plans to confer with Secretary Galvez on the use of police camps as inoculation hubs.
“We will identify which police camps we can make available for the vaccination and coordinate with the National Task Force against COVID-19 for its requirements. Aalamin natin mula sa kanila kung saang mga lugar nangangailangan ng karagdagang vaccination sites,” he said.
As for the possible use of police stations as vaccination centers, Eleazar said that the PNP has to await further guidance from President Rodrigo Duterte who previously floated the idea.
Nevertheless, he assured, “Anytime naman na magkaroon ng kautusan sa paggamit ng ating police stations na vaccination venues ay nakahanda tayong ipagamit ang mga ito.”