ZCMC continues COVID vaccines advocacy to health workers

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Mar 9 (PIA) –  The Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) is the first among the 8 Department of Health  9 (DOH 9) COVID-19 referral hospitals who received the first batch of Coronavac-Sinovac vaccines in Region 9. 

ZCMC Medical Chief Dr. Afdal Kunting, the first Zamboangeño to be vaccinated said, “I decided to get the vaccine to protect myself and once you protect yourself you also protect your family." Dr. Kunting emphasized that it is a challenge to encourage their health workers because of misinformation and some because of their natural fear. 

Moreover, the demand generation campaign of ZCMC continues as they are advocating that all health care workers qualified to take the vaccine will be able to get it. “It’s a privilege and an opportunity for our health care workers to be able to be vaccinated so I encourage everybody, it is regrettable if they will decline the vaccine because it will be given to others,” Dr. Kunting said. 

Dr. Kunting also added that he is honored to be the first one vaccinated as this is the first step of the hospital to encourage others. “If people will see we are doing well and other people are doing well after the vaccination, hopefully they will be encouraged to take the vaccine,” he added. 

ZCMC received a total of 550 doses of vaccines for the first dose and officials are hoping to finish the vaccination within the week since the assessment for the recipient of the vaccines started five days before delivery. 

Furthermore, DOH-9 Assistant Regional Director Augusto Manolo Alpichi emphasized that the healthcare workers are priority. “We need to have a very efficient, effective and resilient health system to address the pandemic, we need to protect the health workers,” he said. (RVC/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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

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