73% of soldiers vaccinated – AFP

Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star
73% of soldiers vaccinated â AFP
Undated file photo shows Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel.
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MANILA, Philippines — Nearly three-fourths of the 140,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are now fully inoculated against COVID-19, the AFP surgeon general said the other day.

During the AFP command conference last Friday, AFP Surgeon General Col. Fatima Claire Navarro said 73 percent of the military’s troops have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We are expected to reach as much as 93 to 96 percent this October and November,” Navarro said. “With additional allocation, hopefully we could reach 100 percent vaccination status by December.”

Navarro also said that the AFP was able to increase its quarantine and isolation facilities and provide support and protection to health care and other frontliners. Additional equipment for new facilities were also procured.

Meanwhile, several brigades and battalions received the Campaign Streamer award after they were able to dismantle guerrilla front groups.

“I commend all the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for your unyielding efforts to ensure the security of our people and defense of our territory. Everyone is performing well, which brings us closer and closer towards the successful accomplishment  of our various timelines, particularly to defeat all threat groups by June 2022,” AFP chief General Jose Faustino Jr. said.

“Let us continue to exceed our performances and address our identified gaps and shortfalls. We only have nine months remaining to complete the tasks under the present administration. I enjoin everyone to offer their full energy to finish the CTG and other threat groups before June 2022,” Faustino added.

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