The Philippine Army’s premier command, the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division (1ID), has received 10,192 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK government.
The AstraZeneca vaccines they received, according to Capt. Mary Jephte Mañebog, 1ID information officer, are part of a grant from the British government for uniformed people stationed around the country.
The immunizations are for the first and second doses of 5,096 troops, according to Mañebog.
She stated that the first dosage of inoculation began on Wednesday and will conclude on Sunday.
Personnel from the Camp Maj. Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital, the Department of Health (DOH) provincial office, and the 9th Regional Community Defense Group (9RCDG) are vaccinating in the Tabak gymnasium.
The vaccine will prevent troops who are susceptible to infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Lt. Col. Jussel Parlan, Camp Maj. Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital chief.
“We will not only protect ourselves from infection but we will also protect the people we serve,” Parlan added.
The inoculation, according to Dr. Agnes Fernando, team leader of the DOH provincial office, will protect a person against severe COVID-19 infection.
“That means your body is capable to respond to symptoms given by the micro-organism. The infection can be just mild and moderate.” Fernando said.
Meanwhile, 1ID commander Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio praised the UK government for donating the AstraZeneca immunizations.