PNP distances from ‘VIP vaccines’ fiasco

Ranking officers of the Philippine National Police distanced from the fiasco involving Cabinet and military officials who acquired and took coronavirus vaccines before they were approved by health authorities who were supposed to be vaccinated first.

PNP chief General Debold Sinas said, “(At the PNP, I don’t know anything about it. Of course I will be happy if we’re considered to be vaccinated first.)”

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte first claimed at a public address that “many” Filipinos including some members of the military, had already received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año later admitted that members of the Presidential Security Group had indeed been vaccinated. The PSG is composed of personnel from both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP.

Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, PNP deputy chief for administration, said the PNP will “first seek guidance from the [IATF, DOH and DILG].”

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