579 Sinovac doses arrives in Sibugay, inoculation starts Mar 7

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, Mar 07 (PIA) - Some 579 doses of Coronavac-Sinovac vaccines arrived here at 6:40 Saturday morning. The vaccines were transported from the Department of Health (DOH)-9 in Zamboanga City and brought straight to the Provincial Capitol.

Provincial Governor Wilter Yap Palma together with the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ulysses Silorio received the vaccines in a quick turnover ceremony at the capitol ground. 

The first batch of vaccines will be used for the inoculation of personnel of the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital on March 7 at 8:00 in the morning, confirmed Governor Palma.

He said PHO Dr. Silorio will be the first to get the vaccine jab to build confidence of people that the vaccine is safe and effective. Palma is expecting the second batch of vaccines to arrive Monday, March 8 to inoculate the rest of the ZSPH staff. The hospital has close to a thousand health staff, according to the governor.

“Hopefully we can vaccinate our people in due time and we can go back to our normal lives,” Palma said. Next in line for inoculation are health staff of the hospitals in the municipalities of Diplahan, Olutanga and Alicia, respectively.
The governor said he wanted to be the first to get the COVID-19 jab but due to his age he is ineligible to receive the Sinovac vaccine.
“Paabot ko’g unsay vaccine ilang i-recommend (I will wait for the kind of vaccine that will be recommended)," he said.
The governor called on Sibugaynons to submit themselves for COVID-19 vaccination as this is the best option available right now to combat the danger of COVID-19.
He however reminded the public not to let their health guards down even with the availability of the vaccine, as this does not translate to 100% protection.

“We still need to practice minimum health standard, wearing of mask, face shield, washing of hands and physical distancing,” he said. (RVC/JPA/PIA9-Zamboanga Sibugay)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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