Manila LGU inoculates 163 health workers on first day of vaccine roll out

Published March 2, 2021, 4:14 PM

by Andrea Aro

A total of 163 health workers of the Manila City government were inoculated against COVID-19 on the first day of the city’s vaccination drive at Sta. Ana Hospital on Tuesday (March 2).

A health worker prepares the vaccine made by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac at the Sta. Ana Hospital on March 2, 2021. (Manila Public Information Office photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Monday (March 1) that they are targeting to inoculate 200 health workers on Tuesday.

Manila City Health Officer Arnold Pangan, who was among those vaccinated, said he did not know why the 37 other health workers did not come to get vaccinated.

“We dont know yet why ‘di dumating yung iba. Baka natakot or bukas sila punta (why they didn’t come. Maybe they got scared or maybe they will come tomorrow),” Dr. Pangan told Manila Bulletin.

Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla, Sta. Ana’s Manila Infectious Disease Control Center Head Dr. Nerissa Sescon, Ospital ng Sampaloc Director Dr. Aileen Lacsamana, and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center Karl Laqui were among the health workers inoculated on Tuesday.

Dr. Pangan said he did not experience any adverse effects after getting the vaccine. There have also no reports on whether the medical workers who got jabbed experienced adverse effects.

He said they are still targeting to vaccinate 200 health workers on Wednesday, March 3.