30 military camps OK’d as vaccination sites

Romina Cabrera (The Philippine Star) - February 15, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — At least 30 military camps nationwide have been approved for use as COVID vaccination sites, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said yesterday.

The military camps are ideal sites for the vaccination rollout due to their accessibility and security, AFP spokesperson Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said.

The AFP recommended 46 camps, but only 30 have so far been accredited by the Department of Health (DOH).

The remaining camps are still subject to DOH inspection and accreditation.

The AFP is ready to provide security and medical support for the government‘s COVID vaccination rollout set this month.

Arevalo said the assets of the Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy are ready for possible transport requirement of the vaccination program.

“We assure our countrymen that the Navy and the Air Force are ready to help transport the vaccines anywhere in the country,” he said.

The AFP is coordinating with different government agencies to secure the vaccines from its arrival to actual inoculation day.

Military health and medical personnel will be among the first in the AFP to be inoculated.

There are about 200 military doctors on the roster aside from nurses who will be prioritized for vaccination. They will also help inoculate people.

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