Secretary Dizon assures COVID-19 vaccines safe for human

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, Dec.13 (PIA) - - Secretary Vince Dizon, the deputy chief implementer of the National Action Plan Against COVID -19, had assured that the vaccine against COVID-19 virus to be procured by the national government is safe for human.


Secretary Dizon made the assurance during the national Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team visit at the Centennial Arena in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on Friday.


He said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be properly screened and validated by the experts from the Department of Health, the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) before this will be brought to the country.


“The COVID–19 vaccines are carefully studied and validated by our experts from the DOH, BFAD, and DOST in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) to guarantee that this vaccine is safe for all of us,” said Dizon.


“I’m appealing to our people not to worry about the effect of the vaccine because the national government would assure that this is safe for human before it will be procured,” he added.


He said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had promised that the national government will procure the vaccine and will give it  free of charge for every Filipino resident particularly the frontliners and the poor.


However, Dizon said that the local government units (LGUs) could purchase the vaccine in coordination with the national government.


The secretary appealed to the LGUs to help the national government to convince their constituents to avail the free vaccine against COVID-19 virus for their safety.


The vaccine is expected to arrive in the country on the third week of March or in the early period of the second quarter of 2021.


"We have to convince our fellow Filipinos that getting vaccinated against COVID 19 virus is the right thing to do to contain the spread of the virus," he said.


Meanwhile, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc had appealed to the residents in the province to strictly follow the health protocols against COVID-19 virus this upcoming Holiday Season.


" Let's continue our strict compliance to the health protocols on this upcoming Holiday Season to help contain the spread of the COVID - 19 viruses, but if we do not follow,  we will expect more COVID 19 cases in the first quarter of 2021,"  the governor said.


For his part, Laoag City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon had committed to do all initiatives to protect his constituents from COVID -19.


"We are doing everything we can to protect our constituents from COVID-19 virus. We have our close collaboration with Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc for the formulation of clear policy and enjoining our forces to address the issue on COVID-19 in the city. Indeed, I need also the help and cooperation of our community to eliminate the virus,” said Mayor Keon.


As of 8:00 PM on December 12, 2020, Ilocos Norte had recorded a total of 453 COVID-19 cases with 354 recoveries, 96 active cases, and three fatalities. Of the 96 COVID–19 active cases, 68 cases are from Laoag City.


To contain the spread of the virus in the province, Director Gloria J. Balboa of the Department of Health (DOH) had pushed for the strict implementation of PDITR strategy or the prevent – detect –isolate – treatment – reintegration approach.


As part of the augmentation support for the containment of the COVID-19 virus in the province, the CODE Team through the DOH had turned-over to the Laoag City government some 2,000 PPEs; 5,000 facemasks; and 4,000 swabbing kits.


The CODE team also turned–over a high flow cannula machine to the management of the Mariano Marcos Hospital and Medical Center (MMHMC) in Batac City for use by the severe and critical patients of COVID-19.


Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1 Director Eugene G. Cabrera, the chairperson of the Regional Task Force 1 Against COVID–19, had deployed 14 – member swabbing team from the region to help the local swabbers on the Aggressive Community Testing (ACT) in Laoag City until yesterday, Saturday. (JCR/FGL, PIA 1)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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