VIGAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) — As of Tuesday, March 16, a total of 1,913 healthcare workers in Ilocos Sur have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines (Sinovac and AstraZeneca combined), according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Carmeliza T. Singson said this is 76.3 percent of the target 2,507 eligible healthcare workers in the province to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
The continuous number of health workers who got vaccinated for COVID-19 has been very helpful to encourage other hospital staff to get vaccinated as well, she said.
“Sa ating initial survey, kakaunti lamang ang healthcare workers na nais magpabakuna pero simula noong nakikita nila iyong mga doctors at espesyalista na nagpapabakuna lalong-lalo na mild lang ang mga side effects ng mga bakunang ito at after a few days ay nawawala rin, sa tuwing kami’y nagpupunta sa mga ospital, nadaragdagan ang listahan nila,” Dr. Singson said in an interview.
She added that the roll out of COVID-19 vaccination program in all government and private hospitals in the province will be completed on Friday, March 19.
One of the health workers vaccinated with AstraZeneca on Saturday at the Metro Vigan Hospital was Mr. Danilo Matias, the hospital administrator of Sto. Niño Hospital in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
He is 70 years old.
“Nagpabakuna ako dahil high-risk kaming mga senior citizen na mahawa sa sakit lalo sa COVID-19. Kumpara sa naunang bakuna (Sinovac), mas kampante ako sa efficacy ng bakunang ito (AstraZeneca). Being an administrator, ayaw ko ring mahawa ang mga pasyente namin,” he said.
Meanwhile in Vigan City, the city government, through its City Health Office, has also started its simulation of COVID-19 vaccination held in the gymnasium of the University of Northern Philippines.
Sangguniang Panlungsod Member (SPM) Kristen Benedict B. Figuerres, also a medical practitioner, was one of the first to get vaccinated for the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday.
He emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and likewise encouraged the public, especially the healthcare workers to do the same.
“Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people with old age and certain medical conditions, like diabetes, heart and lung disease, who are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19,” SPM Figuerres said.
Moreover, the city government of Candon, through its City Health Office, picked up the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines from the Department of Health in the PHO Tuesday morning which composed of 428 doses of Sinovac and four vials of AstraZeneca and shall be rolled out to the four private hospitals in the city.
The vaccination was rolled out Wednesday where City Mayor Ericson Singson himself, also a medical practitioner, vaccinated Dr. Archimedes Mercado, medical director of the City of Candon Hospital, the first healthcare worker in the city to receive first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“I am happy to say that the roll out of our vaccination program was a success. We look forward to the delivery of more vaccines so that we’ll be able to start our mass vaccination in the city,” Mayor Singson posted in his official Facebook page. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)