Caloocan races to vaccinate more frontline workers against COVID-19

A healthcare worker of the Caloocan City Medical Center receives her dose of the British-made AstraZeneca vaccine (PIA NCR file)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 21 (PIA) -- At least 100 more Caloocan City frontline workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as the local government races to convince and vaccinate more. 

"According to the initial data, 100 of the total 243 medical staff of CCNMC agreed to be vaccinated," Mayor Oca Malapitan said, referring to the Caloocan City North Medical Center in Camarin, the city's primary healthcare facility situated in North Caloocan.

Mayor Oca said vaccination of CCNMC medical workers "continues using Sinovac and Astrazeneca vaccines" as part of the local rollout that targets to inoculate all health and frontline workers of the city.

In South Caloocan, particularly at the Caloocan City Medical Center (CCMC), Malapitan said eligible members of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and quarantine facilities staff of the city have also been vaccinated with Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine.

"All are made sure to undergo thorough monitoring after being vaccinated," he added. The city also is thinking about how to persuade other healthcare workers to get vaccines, even those who may be reluctant.

For the past months, the wearing of face masks, plastic shielding, swab tests, and temperature checks have been the main weapons deployed by Caloocan in its bid to protect employees of its city-run hospitals and healthcare facilities from the coronavirus pandemic.

But now, that struggle has entered a new—and hopefully decisive phase—with the vaccine rollout for those eligible for vaccines. The vaccine is not mandatory, however, but the city government strongly encourages it.

These employees are part of a broad wave of frontline workers who have been prioritized to be vaccinated in a campaign that kicked off on March 1, 2021. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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