Antique jumpstarts jabs of healthcare frontliners

SAN JOSE, Antique, March 11 (PIA) -- The inoculation of healthcare professionals in the province of Antique officially kicked off on Wednesday, March 10, following the arrival of 800 single shot vials of Sinovac vaccines at Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH).

Chief Nurse Czerwin Juales of Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital became the first Antiqueño healthcare worker to be inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine by Governor Rhodora Cadiao, who is also a nurse by profession.

Resbakuna. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, who is also a nurse, administers the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to ASMGH Chief Nurse Czerwin Juales. (pia6-LML)

In an interview, Cadiao said that the Provincial Health Office targets to inoculate 35 frontline workers of ASMGH for the first day of the vaccination which streamlined the vaccination campaign of the government in the province.

“We’re only expecting to give 35 as a start and then we’ll see how it will come out day to day because I expect that by the end of this week, hopefully, we will consume the 800 vials that will be given to us,” the Governor said.

Cadiao hoped the vaccination program will also reach sectors such as the police forces, teachers, essential workers, and senior citizens.  

Meanwhile, Juales encouraged healthcare professionals to avail of the coronavirus vaccine in order to be protected against the deadly virus.

“I recommend to my fellow health workers that let’s subject ourselves for vaccination. It’s safe and effective. This will free us from being sickly and prevent us from COVID,” he said in a mix of local language.

For his part, Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Leoncio Abiera, Jr. explained the process of inoculation in a hospital setting.

According to him, a composite team from the hospital is designated at the areas of registration, counseling, screening, vaccination and post vaccination.

Abiera said they strategized to give a single dose shot to the ASMGH frontliners who came from duty as they will be monitored on the untoward adverse effect of the vaccine.

“Sa kadya, ma-start palang dya, kick-off palang naton but other hospitals will follow.  We prioritize Angel Salazar and Culasi District Hospital because dyan gina-manage aton COVID patients. Most priority gid ang exposed sa potential COVID cases, just like sa triage nga area and sa COVID ward (As of this time, we are starting but other hospitals will follow. We prioritize Angel Salazar and Culasi District Hospital because we manage there our COVID patients. Our most priority are those who are exposed to potential COVID cases, just like the triage area and COVID ward),” he clarified.  

To note, the vaccines which came from the Department of Health (DOH)  Western Visayas -  Center for Health and Development (CHD) was convoyed by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

These vaccines were housed at the PHO cold room facility which can accommodate 40,000 liters of vaccines. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique)     

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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