More policemen are now willing to get inoculated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, a Philippine National Police (PNP) officer said on Monday.

LtGen. Guillermo Eleazar

According to LtGen. Guillermo Eleazar, deputy director-general for administration of the PNP, out of over 219,600 policemen nationwide, 153,626 or 70 percent of the police force are now willing to get jabbed.

The figure is 9 percentage points higher than the 63 percent posted in a similar survey the PNP earlier conducted.

Eleazar attributed the development to the information drive conducted by the PNP Health Services “with the help of all commanders on the ground.”

“As we go along, we are hoping this will again increase,” he said in a news briefing in Camp Crame.

In the same briefing, PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said the concerns raised by policemen who remained hesitant were being addressed through awareness programs, dialogues and wide information dissemination.

He shared that he would have himself inoculated in public to highlight the PNP leadership’s confidence in the national vaccination program.

“I will have myself vaccinated, if you want, in public. No problem with me. We’ll have to go to Plaza Miranda [in Manila] for many people to see,” he said.