By Jennifer P. Rendon
All Regional Office (PRO)-6 personnel who want to be inoculated would be able to receive at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by end-September 2021.
PRO-6 has started its vaccination rollout on August 11 for the remaining 6,958 personnel who have yet to get their jabs.
As of August 10, records showed that only 4,709 of the 13,549 PRO-6 personnel, or 34.75 percent, were fully vaccinated while 1,882 personnel received their first dose.
So far, no PRO-6 personnel have declined the inoculation.
PRO-6 received 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine during Wednesday’s vaccination rollout.
Brigadier General Rolando Miranda, Western Visayas police chief, said that the vaccines came from the national government, through the Department of Health, and is intended for Philippine National Police personnel in the region.
Dr. Adriano Suba-an, DOH Center for Health Development-Western Visayas regional director, led the simple program to jumpstart the vaccination at the PRO-6 multi-purpose hall.
Meanwhile, Miranda encouraged every personnel of PRO-6 to get vaccinated.
“This is for our protection. We are very lucky that our government is looking into the welfare of the policemen who serve as the frontliners in this Covid-19 pandemic,” Miranda said.
The PRO-6 vaccination rollout was facilitated by the Regional Medical and Dental Unit 6. It deployed 45 uniformed medical personnel for the actual vaccination.
The rollout will be conducted continuously until all personnel of PRO-6 are fully vaccinated.
The PNP is under the A4 category based on the order of priority due to high exposure in the performance of their day-to-day functions.
As of August 8, 2021, PRO-6 logged 1,178 personnel who were tested positive for COVID-19. It has 165 active cases, 1,009 recoveries, and four deaths.