BACOLOD CITY – Some 1,723 personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of Aug. 23.
The number represents almost 77 percent of the 2,245 uniformed personnel and non-uniformed personnel (NUP) assigned at the provincial headquarters here and in the 31 city and municipal police stations across the province.
Lt. Abegael Donasco, the spokesperson of NOCPPO, said on Monday Col. Romeo Palgue, police provincial director, is among those already fully vaccinated after he received the Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) single-dose Janssen jab on Aug. 18 from the Provincial Health Office.
Together with Palgue, Donasco also availed the first dose of Moderna vaccine while Lt. Col. Edison Garcia, operations chief, was given the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
“We thank the provincial government headed by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for facilitating the vaccination of the police force in Negros Occidental,” Palgue said in a statement.
Other vaccine brands received by the NOCPPO personnel include Sinovac’s CoronaVac and AstraZeneca.
Palgue earlier said since the Philippine National Police does not have its own Covid-19 vaccine supply yet for personnel in Negros Occidental, police officers avail of the shots provided by the provincial government and the host-local government units (LGUs).
“If the LGU or the local chief executive offers the vaccines, that’s the time the police get themselves vaccinated,” he said. (PNA)