MEMBERS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) can get their Covid-19 vaccine shot from the local government units (LGUs) in their areas of deployment.

The PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, said on Monday that Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año has approved the plan to have police vaccinated at the LGUs where they are assigned.

Police personnel belong to the A4 vaccination priority group. Eleazar said 87.68 percent of police officers are willing to get Covid-19 shots.

He said that once the PNP receives its vaccine allocation, he will be the first to be inoculated to encourage the remaining 12 percent of the force who refuse to get jabbed.

Senior police officials should also lead by example and inspire their men to get protection against the virus, he said.

Eleazar said the PNP will not force any officer to get vaccinated.

"Tinitiyak ko na walang mangyayaring pilitan pero aasahan po natin sa ating kapulisan na mas magiging matimbang ang pagtulong sa tagumpay ng national vaccination program sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita sa ating mga kababayan ng kahalagahan ng pagpapabakuna kontra Covid. Maaari silang magsilbing ehemplo na walang dapat pangambahan sa pagpapabakuna (I assure you, there will be no coercion, but we will expect our police to be more willing in helping the national vaccination program succeed by showing our countrymen the importance of vaccination against Covid. They can set an example that there is nothing to fear from vaccination)," he said.

Around 15,700 out of the 220,000-strong police force have been vaccinated. These are officers who belong to the A1, A2 and A3 groups.