San Juan City rolls out vaccination of medical frontliners

Ret. Gen. Dr. Joseph Acosta, SJMC’s medical director is the first San Juan medical frontliner to get inoculated with CoronaVac from Sinovac Biotech. (Screengrab)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 7 (PIA) -- San Juan City launched on Saturday its vaccination program with the inoculation of its medical frontliners from the San Juan Medical Center (SJMC) and the City Health Office at FilOil Flying V Centre (San Juan Arena).

Ret. Gen. Dr. Joseph Acosta, SJMC’s medical director, was the first medical frontliner of the LGU to get inoculated with CoronaVac from Sinovac Biotech.

“I got the shot for the hospital, my patients and my family. 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 San Juaneños, as Medical Director of our only public hospital in the city, that our vaccines are safe and definitely effective,” Dr. Acosta said.

“Although I would have loved to be there to witness this historic occasion, I was still very elated to witness on social media what I have long waited for. The rollout of the vaccination program against COVID-19 in San Juan City, where the first local transmission of the virus was reported, shows that the country is now actively fighting the pandemic,” Mayor Francis Zamora said in a call to the frontliners.

The city’s Chief Executive was unable to personally witness the launch of the rollout of the vaccine in the city because he is currently under quarantine at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 last Monday, March 1.

Mayor Francis monitored the event on social media. Representing the mayor at the launch was Vice Mayor Warren Villa who said that the event had historic significance and pointed out that it was another milestone in the city’s fight against COVID-19.

“Exactly a year ago, the first local COVID-19 transmission was detected in San Juan City, a patient from outside Metro Manila was confined in Cardinal Santos Medical Center. It was on March 6, 2020 that the DOH personally went to Mayor Zamora and informed him of the first local transmission in the country which was recorded in San Juan City. Exactly a year later, our City begins vaccinating its medical frontliners,” said Vice Mayor Villa.

“I salute the bravery of the men and women of the San Juan Medical Center and the City Health Office in leading the fight against the pandemic. As our heroes in the frontlines, they deserve to be the priority in the vaccination program. I thank retired General and Dr. Joseph Acosta for setting the example, as well as the other frontliners who have shown the public that our vaccines are safe and also effective,” Mayor Zamora said on a call to Dra. Rosalie Sto. Domingo, the City Health Officer and in-charge of the city’s vaccination program.

Dra. Sto. Domingo gave the first shot of the vaccine to Dr. Acosta.

In her speech at the program’s launch, she assured the public that the vaccines that are going to be given to the San Juaneños are safe and effective and thanked the medical workers of San Juan City for leading by example in the fight against COVID-19.

“Mayor Francis Zamora made sure that we get only safe and effective vaccines here in San Juan. All the vaccines we will be using in the vaccination program have been thoroughly studied, approved by the FDA, and effective in protecting us from the deadly COVID-19,”Dr. Sto. Domingo assured.

“I may not be there in person, but I am very happy that after the ceremonial vaccination at Cardinal Santos Medical Center the other day, it is now the turn of our medical frontliners from SJMC, one of our COVID-hospitals, to get inoculated. I am very grateful to each and every medical frontliner who put their lives on the line. The rollout of the vaccine means their lives will no longer be at risk due to COVID-19,” Mayor Zamora said.

“This is just the beginning of our vaccination program. More vaccines will arrive, including the 100,000 doses we have procured from AstraZeneca, to inoculate the San Juaneños,” he added.

Three hundred (300) doses of CoronaVac were delivered to the city yesterday by the National Government. 138 medical workers from the San Juan Medical Center initially volunteered to get vaccinated with the vaccine made by Sinovac.

Medical workers assigned at the two (2) city-run quarantine facilities, the Kalinga Center and the San Juan National High School Annex Basketball Court, and the City Health Office are on the Quick Substitute List, a list of people who are on standby to get the vaccine should those who were scheduled to get vaccinated back out or fail to come.

So far, 87 medical workers from SJMC have been vaccinated. Others who have signed up will be vaccinated in the coming days with more already signifying their intent to join their colleagues and get vaccinated. San Juan City has already received a total of 2,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. SJMC received 300 doses from Sinovac while CSMC received  total of 1,800 doses, 1,300 from Sinovac and 500 from AstraZenica.

Mayor Zamora continues to encourage San Juan residents to sign up for the vaccination program of the city against COVID-19. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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