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Duterte wants police stations to serve as COVID-19 vaccination centers

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police to clean up their precincts as he wanted stations to serve as coronavirus disease 2019 vaccination centers once the vaccine was available.

In a televised address late Sunday evening, Duterte said police stations should be clean, as he reinforced his earlier remarks that the military and the police would take charge of the vaccinations.

"Hoy kayong mga police, makinig kayo sa akin ha. Linisan ninyo 'yang presinto niyo and make it ready for the day, I pray that it would come. 'Yun na lang mga police stations mas malapit tsaka marami," he said.

"Basta doon, only requirement is Filipino ka. Kung gusto nila magpa-injection ng lima, magpa-ikot, hayaan mo, sige. If you want an overdose of the vaccine go ahead," added Duterte.

Duterte on Friday said the military would take charge of the implementation of the government's free COVID-19 immunization program for the 20 million poorest Filipinos, subject to the availability of the vaccine.

There is still no cure for COVID-19, but Duterte on Sunday again said that China was working on it and the Philippines would be in the priority list of recipients. — DVM, GMA News