San Pablo City District Hospital OIC Chief, Dr. Edgar Palacol, Intensive Care Unit nurse Marvic Umali, provincial pathologist Dr. Imelda Palacol, and Department of Surgery head, Dr. Francis Ravera were among the first to be given their vaccines made by Chinese drugmaker, Sinovac, as a sign of their trust in the national vaccination program. (photo courtesy of STT)
SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna Mar. 8 (PIA) - Local healthcare workers (HCWs) are hopeful that the national vaccination program will help protect themselves from the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the frontliners in the nation's road to recovery from the pandemic.
The Department of Health Region IV-A (DOH-CALABARZON) has rolled out its COVID-19 vaccination program in Laguna province at the Laguna Provincial Hospital - San Pablo City District Hospital (LPH-SPCDH)l last March 6, where around 200 medical frontliners were inoculated against the disease.
It is expected that the remaining 126 vaccines will be administered to medical frontliners within the second week of inoculations.
A total of 1,067 Sinovac vaccines were allotted in Laguna province. It includes Laguna Provincial Hospital and San Pablo District Hospital (334), Laguna Medical Center (415) and Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital (318).
Meanwhile, around 326 vaccines are expected to be administered within the first two days of the vaccination rollout in the city.
In his message, DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo Janairo III assured medical frontliners that the vaccines were carefully studied.
"May mararamdaman kayo na hindi ko matatawag na adverse effects after vaccination, pero ito ay pansamantala lamang at isang patunay na gumagana ang bakuna sa ating katawan," Janairo said.
San Pablo City District Hospital OIC Chief, Dr. Edgar Palacol, Intensive Care Unit nurse Marvic Umali, provincial pathologist Dr. Imelda Palacol, and Department of Surgery head, Dr. Francis Ravera were among the first to be given their vaccines as a sign of their trust in the national vaccination program.
For Palacol, getting inoculated against the disease was not a difficult decision to make as he believes in the programs of the Department of Health, including the vaccines they vouch for.
"Ang pinaka-safe na bakuna ay approved ng FDA, ng WHO, ng ating DOH at kung ano ang unang nandito. Kalaban natin ang oras, kailangan natin ma-reach ang herd immunity sa bansa para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19," Palacol said, referring to the Food and Drug Authority and the World Health Organization, who vouch for the quality of vaccines before they are distributed in the country.
The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines also helped boost the morale of the medical staff of LPH-SPCDH, who are at the frontlines in the city's fight against the pandemic.
No adverse reaction was reported among the first vaccinees, who underwent check-ups at a Post Vaccination area immediately after receiving their shot.
Similar to its simulation, medical equipment was placed within the compound in case of emergencies during the vaccination.
Meanwhile, Governor Ramil Hernandez, Vice Governor Katherine Agapay, Mayor Loreto Amante and Third District Board Member Abi Yu joined Janairo and Assistant Regional Director Paula Paz Sydiongco, as a sign of the province's support in the national vaccination program, which aims to protect the Filipino people against the coronavirus.
Although he was willing to be inoculated to show his support in the national vaccination program, Hernandez assured that local officials are willing to wait for their turn.
"Papaunahin natin ang frontliners. Nakapaghintay nga tayo ng isang taon, ano ba naman ang ilang araw lang na mahintay tayo para mauna ang mga dapat mauna," Hernandez said. (PB)