Tuguegarao City PGH starts vaccination of its staff

A resident doctor at the Tuguegarao City People's General Hospital receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Healthcare workers and other frontliners are the Philippine government's topmost priority in its vaccination drive against COVID-19.

TUGUEGARAO CITY, March 8, 2021 (PIA) -- The Tuguegarao City People’s General Hospital (TCPGH) has started the vaccination of its employees against COVID-19 today. 

The TCPGH is among six priority hospitals in Cagayan Valley that were included in the government’s initial roll out of Sinovac-manufactured COVID-19 vaccines (CoronaVac) intended for the healthcare workers and other frontliners on top of its priority list. 

Among the 10,000 or so vials allotted for the entire Region 2 that arrived last Friday, March 5, 191 were sent to the TCPGH yesterday.

To officially start the vaccination drive at the hospital, a ceremonial opening was conducted, which was attended by Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson P. Soriano, Vice-Mayor Bienvenido C. de Guzman II, DOH Regional Director Rio L. Magpantay, and City Health Office chief Dr. James C. Guzman.

The very first to undergo vaccination was TCPGH Chief Dr. Marcos Mallillin, who was followed by resident doctors and the rest of the hospital staff. 

In the opening speech delivered by DOH Regional Director Magpantay, he noted that among the TCPGH staff, 85 percent signified their consent to receive the Chinese-made CoronaVac -- a number that is high compared to other hospitals.

He added that the remainder from TCPGH most likely includes senior citizens from the staff. Senior citizens 60 years old and above, in general, are not advised to receive the vaccines from Sinovac.

However, Magpantay announced that this week, a batch of AstraZeneca-made vaccines along with another batch from Sinovac are scheduled to arrive in the Region. The AstraZeneca CoVac can be administered to senior citizens, and as such, Magpantay projected that the vaccination drive for the healthcare sector could potentially conclude by the end of the month. 

After healthcare workers and other frontliners, the next sector on the government’s vaccine priority list are senior citizens . (JKC/PIA-2)

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

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