DND to inoculate its personnel
23 February 2021
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     With the emergency use authorization granted to Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine, the Department of National Defense (DND) is set to begin its inoculation drive for its employees upon the delivery of the 100,000 doses donated to the DND by China through Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe.

     The vaccines will be administered to all the employees and military personnel assigned to the DND and its civilian bureaus, namely the Office of Civil Defense, Government Arsenal, National Defense College of the Philippines and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, as well as the civilian employees of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Family members of the Department's employees are also eligible to receive the vaccines.

     "The intent is to vaccinate everyone who is in the same working environment and those living in the same households as our employees," Dir. Arsenio R. Andolong, DND spokesperson, said. "It is crucial that all must be vaccinated to allow us to create a 'bubble' of an immunized workforce."

     The uniformed personnel under the AFP, meanwhile, will be inoculated under a different vaccine rollout plan.