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Vaccination of police signals start of A4 category

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 28, 2021) – Personnel of the Sarangani Police Provincial Office (SPPO) have received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccines to kick-off the vaccination of the A4 priority group.

According to Maria Razel Bustria, provincial NIP (National Immunization Program) coordinator, the provincial government targets to roll out Covid-19 vaccines to its Capitol employees for the A4 category beginning last week of August.

Category A4 includes frontline personnel in essential sectors both in public and private sectors, including uniformed personnel, as well as in the informal sectors who physically report to the workplace and those deployed or assigned to perform fieldwork.

On August 13-16, the Provincial Health Office, together with some medical staff of the SPPO, administered AstraZeneca vaccines to all uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the provincial headquarters.

Bustria said the drive was in response to the Regional Vaccinations Operations Center (RVOC) Advisory No. 154 of the Department of Health Region XII on the inoculation of all Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel with AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines and reporting under Category A4.

“Nauna sila per request at nakita din na ang kanilang vulnerability sa Covid-19 is very high,” Bustria said on the prioritization of the inoculation of the police.

A total of 123 PNP officers and staff from the provincial headquarters received their jabs during the inoculation.

Along with RVOC Advisory 154, Bustria said “we have also received RVOC Advisory 159 na nakasaad dito na pwede na po tayong magstart ng bakuna sa ating selected national government agencies starting August 13-14 and 16-19.”

Bustria noted “the A4 category we are about to vaccinate ay magiging very challenging it is because huge population na po yung babakunahan natin.”

Governor Solon thanked the police “for having been always on the frontline” in the battle against Covid-19 and said the inoculation drive is a great opportunity “to finally give protection to those who protect the people.”

According to Bustria, the inoculation drive was also done in all the seven municipalities to cater to all PNP personnel in the province. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr., taken on August 13 during the vaccination of AstraZeneca vaccines to PNP personnel at the Capitol gym.

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