BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN/ ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The Police Regional Office 6 is targeting to achieve the 100 percent vaccination of its personnel assigned in different provinces of Western Visayas soon, after 8,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were earmarked for them.
Lt Col. Joem Malong, PRO6 spokesperson, said yesterday that 6,591 police personnel assigned all over Western Visayas have been vaccinated, with 4,709 fully inoculated.
Malong said the remaining 6,958 unvaccinated personnel will be recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The vaccine rollout in PRO 6 started yesterday at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City, with the Department of Health regional director, Adriano Suba-an, supervising the vaccination.
PRO6 supervises 13,549 police personnel assigned in the provinces of Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, and Capiz.
P/Brigadier General Rolando Miranda, PRO6 director, thanked the DOH for providing vaccines to PNP personnel and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated.
The PNP is under the A4 category, based on the order of priority, due to high exposure in the performance of their daily functions.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,178 personnel have tested positive for Covid, and 1,009 have recovered, with 165 active cases.
In Bacolod, the city police reported that almost 92 percent of their personnel have been vaccinated against Covid.
Of 1,169 personnel, 1,078 have been inoculated, including 34 commissioned officers, 998 non-commissioned officers, and 46 civilian employees, P/Major Sherlock Gabana, BCPO spokesperson, said.
Col. Manuel Placido, BCPO director, said the inoculation of personnel was done in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center.
Placido stressed the importance of vaccination since the BCPO personnel are considered frontliners.
He said they are grateful to the Bacolod City government for allotting vaccines for the police.
The vaccination was administered by a team of police nurses, under the supervision of the EOC and the City Health Office.
With most of the BCPO personnel getting the jabs, Placido said cases of infection among its members are expected to be minimal, if not zero.*