Pagadian’s private hospitals grateful to gov’t for providing them with COVID-19 vaccines

PAGADIAN CTY, 12 March (PIA) – "I am very grateful to the national government that Aisah Medical Hospital (AMH) is the first private hospital in the city to be provided with free COVID-19 vaccines."

Thus disclosed Dr. Brando Khalif Jally, the owner and medical director of AMH, one of the most-equipped private hospitals in the city during the recently conducted COVID-19 vaccine roll out by the Department of Health (DOH), which is supported by the Pagadian City government .

“I am very happy and thankful to the government for its great concern to private hospitals by providing free vaccines to protect medical frontliners  from the dreaded and contagious virus while we are caring for our patients,” Jally announced.

Jally said it is a big opportunity for medical health workers to receive shots of Sinovac vaccines because they have been waiting for so long for its arrival and they believe it is the only solution to curb the spread of COVID-19.

After the brief vaccine roll out ceremony, Jally was the first volunteer to receive the Sinovac vaccine shot along with two other fellow medical doctors so that they could show the public that the vaccines that arrived were safe and effective.

“I did not feel any side effects on my body after I received the shot of Sinovac vaccine. I didn’t even notice that the injection needle had already landed on my shoulder? So it is not true that people feel the side effects after receiving the vaccine,” Jally said when asked by local media.

Dr. Noel Cineza, the city health officer said the local government’s target of people to be vaccinated is 160,000 as it is 80% of the city’s 206,000 total population.

Ceniza added that the Sinovac vaccine distributed to private hospitals is the first dose given by the national government and it is expected that more vaccines will come for the second dose to immunize the people and to achieve 'herd immunity.'

Meanwhile, Mayor Samuel Co commended and thanked the management of the said hospital for their positive reaction to the COVID-19 vaccination program.

“We are very lucky because the owner of the hospital was the first to bravely accept the shot of the Sinovac vaccine where he showed to the people across Pagadian that the first dose of the vaccine that arrived was safe and effective,” Co said.

He also urged other private hospitals in the city not to worry about the supply of the vaccine.

“All they have to do is prepare the vaccination and storage area and not to worry because President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered another 18 million COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate 80% of the country’s population and to keep them from getting infected with that virus,” the Mayor said.

Co also announced that the vaccination team will immediately provide ID to the person to be vaccinated where the date of the first and second dose of vaccination is indicated at the back of it and they will be able to use the ID to go abroad and when they also go to big malls.

"I urge the people of Pagadian to get vaccinated and not to be afraid because this is the only solution to stop the transmission of COVID-19," Co concluded.

The roll out of the vaccine was also conducted at Pagadian City Medical Center, J. Cabahug Hospital and other private hospitals in the city. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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