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Over 800 PNP men vaccinated so far — Eleazar

A total of 885 Philippine National Police officers and men have gotten the jab as of Thursday with more scheduled to get the Sinovac vaccine, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration and concurrent Administrative Support for Joint COVID-19 Task Force commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.

In a report to PNP chief General Debold M. Sinas, Gen. Eleazar said that 125 PNP personnel got the vaccine last Monday followed by 180 on Tuesday, 253 on Wednesday and 327 last Thursday. Apart from mild effects like dizziness, palpitations and skin rashes developed by three of those vaccinated, all those who were inoculated have been described as generally fine and well.

Eleazar said that the government has adjusted their Sinovac allocation to 1,200, meaning the same number of PNP health care workers will be getting the vaccine soon after the additional 400 vaccines were received by the PNP General Hospital the other night.

He added they still have no advice yet on the AstraZeneca vaccines for the police force as of yesterday.

Last Monday, 113 uniformed officers led by PNP Health Service director Brigadier Gen. Luisito P. Magnaye Jr. and 12 PNP civilian employees got the vaccine although 78 others who pre-registered for the vaccine were a “no go” mainly due to clinical reasons

The official said that of the 125 PNP who got the Sinovac vaccine last Monday, only two showed mild adverse effect from immunization, one had skin rashes and the other became dizzy.

As of Thursday, the PNP has recorded a total of 11,575 COVID-19 cases although 10,993 of the patients have fully recovered from the virus and are now back in full duty status.

Eleazar said they are still monitoring a total of 551 active cases with 76 new cases reported on Thursday. A total of 31 PNP personnel have perished after contracting the virus since March 16 last year.

However, Lt. Gen. Eleazar said that the PNP’s overall recovery rate is 95.4 percent compared to the overall 92.7 percent recovery rate in the entire country.

The 31PNP deaths is also 0.3 percent of the total number of personnel who have acquired the virus, he said.

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Alfred P. Dalizon
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