Army chief takes first dose of Sinovac vaccine

Army chief takes first dose of Sinovac vaccine
Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) Lieutenant General Jose C. Faustino Jr. took the first dose of Sinovac vaccine in a Ceremonial Vaccination at Fort Bonifacio today, March 2. (Photo from Philippine Army Spokesperson Colonel Demy Zagala)

DAVAO CITY – The Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) Lieutenant General Jose C. Faustino Jr. took the first dose of Sinovac vaccine in a Ceremonial Vaccination at Fort Bonifacio today, March 2.

In a report sent to News Fort, the CGPA along with Vice Commander Major General Robert Dauz, Chief of Staff Major General Rowen Tolentino, and Army General Hospital Executive Officer Lieutenant Colonel Teresita Merioles received the Sinovac vaccination in the presence of Department of Health’s (DOH) Disease Prevention and Control Bureau Director Doctor Aleli Amie Grace Sudincal, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Marcelo Morales, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon.

Faustino said the vaccine will be distributed to 5,000 personnel in the next 15 days and later for the nationwide vaccination rollout to all Army units in 18 Army hospitals in the country.

He said COVID-19 response personnel such as Army medical professionals, army responders, and Command and Control will be prioritized in the distribution of said vaccines.

“Remember that being inoculated is our duty to the country and to the Filipino people who we have sworn to serve and protect,” Faustino said as he addressed the Army personnel.

“And to our countrymen, please know that the relentless trust and confidence you accord the Army drive us to continue our efforts to effectively perform our mandate to serve the people and secure the land,” he added.