Arrival of COVID-19 vaccines victory for ZamboSur, says ZSMC chief

PAGADIAN CTY, March 7 (PIA) – "The vaccines we have been waiting for, have finally arrived!"

This was announced by Dr. Anatalio Cagampang, Jr. the chief of Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center (ZDSMC) and chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) during the ceremonial turn-over ceremony of Sinovac vaccines held this morning.

The 906 vials of Sinovac were transported from the Department of Health (DOH) Zamboanga city at 5:00 Saturday morning and arrived at the IPHO at 10:30 a.m. where the vehicle it was carrying was escorted by a convoy of PNP vehicles.

Cagampang said the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines is a victory for the people of the province.

“Within a year of waiting for people to get the vaccine so that they can be protected from the threat of this deadly disease, finally our dream has come true. Indeed, the vaccines are already in our province," Cagampang announced.

Cagampang said the Sinovac vaccines will be divided into two: 606 vials for ZSMC, which is an LGU-run hospital; while 300 vials for Margosatubig Regional Hospital, which is DOH-run hospital.

He added that the COVID-19 vaccine roll out will be held on March 8 at ‘Balay Bisaya’ at the Provincial Government Complex here.

“On the roll out, there will be a designated waiting area and registration area for medical frontliners. Orientation will also be held to inform of the adverse effects of the vaccine and if the frontliner decides to get vaccinated he will be given informed consent for him to sign, check his health status and be taken to the vaccination area,’ he explained.

After vaccination, the ZSMC chief said the frontliner will be brought to the post vaccination area and observed for an hour before being allowed to go home. He will also be given a hotline number in case he has a bad feeling in his body and to be taken to the hospital.

He also said that at the start of the roll out, he will lead the group and be the first to vaccinate to restore people’s confidence in the vaccine.

“I would urge people especially the frontliners who are in hospitals to get vaccinated because this is the only way we can be protected from the deadly COVID-19 virus,” Cagampang said.

"The best vaccine is the best available vaccine today," Cagampang concluded, quoting a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO). (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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