MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Home Affairs and Local Government has rejected its plan to deploy over 50,000 police and fire officers to provide “support and security” for the national vaccine implementation, which will now include Category A4 next month .

The fourth priority group in the COVID-19 vaccination program is said to include frontline workers in key sectors, including government and private sector workers who must be physically present in their designated workplaces.

in a statement stated Interior Minister Eduardo Año that the presence of uniformed personnel should ensure the smooth introduction of vaccines as part of the government’s mass vaccination efforts. Another 16 million vaccines are expected to arrive in the next two months.

“Mass vaccination will be a major challenge for the government, but with the help of our uniformed staff, we want to get as many of our compatriots vaccinated as efficiently and as quickly as possible. This is the only way we can put an end to this pandemic, “he said.

Año said uniformed personnel are instructed to meet minimum public health standards in vaccination centers and to serve as vaccines, as is done by local authorities and the Ministry of Health is required.

Of these, around 35,415 police officers will take care of the transport of vaccines nationwide, while 13,840 PNP employees will be tasked with securing various vaccination areas in the country.

To ensure the safety and health of the uniformed personnel to be deployed DILG said that both the PNP and BFP continued their respective internal vaccination efforts, including: Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection has 2,390 firefighters and 356 emergency services in 1,150 identified storage or refrigeration and mobilized vaccination centers across the country to transport 733 fire engines and 59 prepositioned ambulances.

“Our uniformed DILG personnel will not only secure the vaccines, but those with a medical background will also be assigned to perform medical duties at our vaccination sites across the country,” he said.

In addition, the bureau added 8,936 people nationwide of Jail Management and Penology with their first dose, while 3,750 of them received their second dose.

To date, 1,216,582 coronavirus infections have been registered in the country, of which 53,614 are still classified as active cases.

The Philippines are among the worst countries in the world when it comes to vaccinating people per population.

The national government has so far signed two official contracts for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, one with the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac and one with the Serum Institute of India.

In this section you will find developments related to vaccines au f the Philippines. (Main picture by Markus Spiske via Unsplash)

Vice President Leni Robredo was vaccinated against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Quezon City.

Robredo, who received her first dose of the AstraZeneca shock, is Category A3 ( People with comorbidities).

The Department of Health announces the resumption of the use of AstraZeneca Jab for all eligible populations on the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration and the DOH All Experts Group on Vaccines.

“The benefits of additional protection against COVID-19 could only be achieved by completing both vaccine doses, “said a statement by the DOH.

The regional health minister of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said there was no basis for allegations that COVID-19 – Vaccines are banned in Islam.

Medical workers of the Integrated Health Department of Maguindanao Province gave the health minister of Bangsamo ro, Bashary Latiph, a Sinovac anti-coronavirus surge on Thursday.

Latiph reiterated his appeal to residents of all cities and provinces of BARMM to ignore errors and allegations on Facebook by skeptics and pessimists who are not even doctors are that vaccines can do more harm than good.

“Just listen to the BARMM Department of Health, the Department of Health and health workers in provinces and cities in the Bangsamoro area,” Latiph told reporters after speaking against an anti-COVID -19 rounds. – The Stern / John Unson

Eric Domingo, director general of the Food and Drug Administration, said it took only nine days to review the emergency use agency application.

“The known and potential benefits of Moderna in COVID-19 prevention outweighs the known and potential risks of this vaccine, “Domingo said during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum.

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