Ozamiz launches COVID-19 vaccination program

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, March 8 (PIA)--Ozamiz City launched its COVID-19 vaccination program, March 8, with the health workers of Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center (MHARSMC), the first batch to be inoculated with Sinovac jabs in the province.

“With this vaccine, we are preventing moderate to severe cases among our healthcare workers. Once vaccinated, there will be almost complete protection from hospitalization, intubation, even death,” Medical Center Chief Dr. Jesus Martin Sanciangco III said encouraging everyone to get vaccinated in order to help prevent and fight COVID-19.

Sanciangco, who was the first person to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine at the hospital said, “Getting vaccinated protects not just myself but the people around me and I believe it is my responsibility to show our medical frontliners and the Misamisnons, as medical chief of our public hospital in the city, that our vaccines are safe and definitely effective.”

Meanwhile, Ozamiz Archbishop Martin Jumoad said the vaccination activity is held to save the world and save lives.

“Ang simbahan muuyon, ang simbahan mutabang, ang simbahan andam kanunay mu-alayon ug mutimbayayong para ang atong katawhan sa Misamis Occidental mahatagan gayud ug assurance sa kinabuhi,” he said.

(The church will agree, the church will help, the church is always ready to support and cooperate so that our people in Misamis Occidental will be given life assurance)

Jumoad also said the government is doing their best to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For his part, Dr. Ian Christian Gonzales of Department of Health (DOH)-10 said MHARSMC is really a model for Misamis Occidental because despite the pandemic, the hospital was able to provide essential services to those in need.

He also shared the two main goals of the vaccination program, which include reduction of mortality and preservation of health system capacity. "Our goal for the immunization is to prevent people from dying of COVID-19 and to prevent our health system, our facilities like MHARSMC to be overwhelmed by severe and critical cases," he added.

Gonzales also assures the public that the vaccines passed through a stringent evaluation not only by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but also from the independent group of experts of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group and Health Technology Assessment Council.

About 241 healthcare workers from MHARSMC are inoculated with Sinovac jabs.

In Misamis Occidental, MHARSMC targets to inoculate about 820 health workers and 211 in Doña Maria D. Tan medical frontliners on the first round of vaccination. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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

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