Speaking at the Laging Handa public briefing, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said there are no official vaccination programs in the AFP, but stopped short of confirming reports, saying the military has to confirm them first.
He added, “What we are thankful for is that the AFP will be counted among frontliners when the vaccines become available. If there are reports coming out, let us validate the information. We will defer that question to the AFP Health Services Command for the policy.”
Asked if the AFP would be willing to submit to an inquiry by the Food and Drug Administration, Arevalo said: “That’s a hypothetical question. Let’s find out what happened first.”
He later issued another statement admitting that it was indeed AFP personnel under the Presidential Security Group who received vaccines, adding that the PSG members simply took a “bold step to try the vaccine to protect the President.”