With additional 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine set to arrive today, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has expressed its readiness to help in the deployment of the vaccines even in far flung areas of the country.
“We will support in areas where we can, depending on our own operational deployments. We will also be providing sea, air, and land mobility/transportation assets for use in the deployment of PNP personnel and vaccinators, as well as in the transportation of vaccines,” AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement yesterday.
He said the AFP medical personnel also continue to provide key assistance in vaccine deployment.
“We continue to help provide medical health front-liners in the vaccine deployment. Specifically, these are vaccinators that include nurses and trained medical aid men to augment the teams from LGUs (local government units) and DOH ,” he added.
Arevalo said the AFP and the police under the supervision of the LGUs, will continue to man the checkpoints.
The AFP reported that a total of 31,519 personnel have been inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines as of March 25.
The figure includes 30,530 personnel who were vaccinated with Sinovac jabs and 989 personnel who were inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccines.
The AFP has also delivered 60,300 Sinovac vials and 1,520 doses of AstraZeneca jabs to 47 military treatment facilities.
President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to witness today the arrival of around 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine purchased by the Philippine government from Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech.*PNA