The Philippine National Police said that it will not allow unvaccinated personnel from reporting for duty in compliance with the new resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“We have exerted all effort to convince our personnel to be vaccinated against Covid-19. We understand that this may be a matter of their personal choice but our priority is the general welfare at this time of pandemic,” PNP chief General Dionardo Carlos said in a statement on Saturday.

The IATF Resolution No. 148-B states that all establishments and employers in the public and private sectors shall mandate their on-site workers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Although being unvaccinated shall not be a basis for termination, the IATF said that employees must conduct RT-PCR tests regularly every time they need to work onsite. 

The PNP reported that from its 222,000 personnel, only 1,830 are still unvaccinated as of December 5. From the said unvaccinated number, 965 of them did not give “any legitimate justification” while the remaining 865 cited allergic reaction and other medical conditions as reasons.

Meanwhile, Carlos said that the national police force will invite health experts to explain the importance of vaccines and to convince other personnel to receive their Covid-19 vaccines. Ronald Espartinez