CALAMBA CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - Healthcare workers in the City of Santa Rosa are banking on the vaccines against COVID-19 to provide them extra protection as the region's frontliners against the pandemic.
At least 150 health workers from Qualimed Health Network Santa Rosa received their vaccines last Sunday, March 7, during the rollout of the national vaccination program in this city.
The national government has allotted an initial batch of 150 AstraZeneca vaccines and 350 Sinovac vaccines for medical frontliners, making them the first private hospital outside Metro Manila to receive vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.
It is expected that these will be administered within the next few days.
Health workers led by AC Health Chief Operating Officer and President, Dr. Edwin Mercado, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Manuel Roxas and Qualimed Santa Rosa Medical Director, Dr. Lilibeth Maravilla were among the first to receive their vaccines from the British Drugmaker, as a show of their trust in the national vaccination program.
AC Health Chief Operating Officer and President, Dr. Edwin Mercado was the first among the health workers at Qualimed Hospital Santa Rosa to receive his COVID-19 vaccine. (photo courtesy of STT)
"The best vaccine is the one available right now. Hindi natin pwede hintayin ang susunod na bakuna dahil walang katiyakan kung kailan at paano ka mae-expose. Lahat ng bakunang nilalabas ng gobyerno ay dumaan sa masusing pag-aaral ng Department of Health at Food and Drug Authority." Mercado assured his fellow medical workers.
As one of the priority sectors in the inoculation program, medical workers at Qualimed need not much convincing as almost 100% of their 378 employees have already signed up for the program.
"Vaccination is one of the stepping stones para sa pagtatapos ng pandemy. Kung hindi magpapabakuna ang mga tao, hindi tayo uusad," Hospitalist, Dr. Sue Anne Chanel Kua said.
The city government has secured 300,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines to augment the national vaccination program for their healthcare workers.
"Gusto natin syempre protected ang ating healthcare workers, first of all," said Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas, who graced the event to show the local government's support in the health sector's initiative.
Through the vaccines secured through a tripartite agreement, Arcillas said the vaccines will be beneficial especially to the economic frontliners in their city.
As one of the economic players in the region, Santa Rosa City houses five (5) industrial hubs, where residents within and outside the city are earning their livelihood.
It is expected that more priority sectors in the city will be inoculated against the disease within the next few days. Arcillas said they are also waiting for the arrival of 100,00 doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by American drugmaker, Moderna.
"'Yung hindi mako-cover ng national [government], we will cover it. And we're very happy that soon, Moderna will arrive because we reserved 100,000 [vaccines]. Yung hindi mako-cover, kasama na yung economic frontliners natin, iko-cover ng city and the private sector," the local chief executive assured. (PB)