Start security preparations for COVID-19 vaccination of minors aged 12-17, Eleazar orders PNP

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Start security preparations for COVID-19 vaccination of minors aged 12-17, Eleazar orders PNP
© Alex Nueva España/Senate PRIB Newly-installed chief of the Philippine National Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar attends a hybrid hearing of the Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation Thursday, May 20, 2021. Committee chairman Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked Eleazar to come up with a proposed legislation on the retirement of police personnel different from the proposed retirement law of the military and uniformed personnel being discussed by the panel. (Alex Nueva España/Senate PRIB)

Philippine National Police chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed all units to prepare for security ahead of the vaccination against COVID-19 of all minors aged 12-17 next week.

In a statement, Eleazar gave assurance that the PNP will help the government’s vaccination drive for the minors.

“I am ordering all police units to start security preparations for the expected vaccination of all minors which could begin next week,” he said.

“Police commanders nationwide should get in touch with their LGUs to be able to effectively craft security plans with the aim of enforcing minimum public health standards and ensuring the safety of minors and their parents,” he added.

Eleazar said PNP assets like the Medical Reserve Force are  ready to assist.

“The Medical Reserve Force is on standby and is ready for deployment to help facilitate the inoculation process should our LGUs require assistance in their local vaccination programs,” he said.

On Wednesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the vaccination of all minors aged 12 to 17 would start as early as November 3. The government targets vaccinating 12.7 million people who belong to the age group.

The Philippines started its vaccination of minors with comorbidities in selected hospitals in Metro Manila under the Department of Health on October 15. Its expansion covers local government-based hospitals in the region. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA News

This article Start security preparations for COVID-19 vaccination of minors aged 12-17, Eleazar orders PNP was originally published in GMA News Online.

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