Roque: Day One of national vaccination successful; Health workers find ‘peace of mind’

Published March 2, 2021, 4:57 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Day One of the government’s vaccination program has been a resounding success after more people got vaccinated beyond the government’s expectation, Malacañang said Tuesday.


At least 756 persons, mostly health professionals, received the Sinovac vaccines at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila and other government hospitals Monday, March 1, according to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

“Naging napakatagumpay ang Day One ng ating național vaccination program kung saan lahat ay nagdiwang. May iba pa nga naiyak sa tuwa lalo na są PGH noon nakita nila nagpapabakuna si Dr. Gap Legaspi. Tuloy-tuloy ang ating pag-rollout ng bakuna (The day one of our national vaccination program has been very successful where everyone was celebrating. Some even cried in happiness especially at the PGH when they saw the vaccination of Dr. Gap Legaspi),” Roque said in a televised press briefing Tuesday, March 2.

“Maligaya ang ating mga medical frontliners kasi nagkaroon sila ng peace of mind na bagamat sila ay exposed sa coronavirus mayroon na silang protection ngayon (Our medical frontliners are happy because they now have peace of mind about having protection even if exposed to the coronavirus),” he added.

On the first day of the vaccination at PGH, Roque said 128 people got vaccinated, higher than the expected 60 vaccine recipients.

“Mayroong naunang alinlangan, mayroon silang survey na ginawa. Ang sabi nila hanggang sitenta lang pero ang nagpabakuna po mahigit pa 120 ‘no na mas doble pa ‘no, mahigit pa sa doble noong in-expect nila (Some were initially hesitant based on a survey. Around 60 wanted to get vaccinated but more than 120 came, more than double than they expected),” he said.

Of the 756 recipients of the Sinovac vaccines on Monday, Roque said 353 were vaccinated in the Veterans Memorial Medical Center; 128 in PGH; 110 Philippine National Police General Hospital; 85 in Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital; 60 in V. Luna Medical Center; and 20 in Lung Center of the Philippines. 

Roque said the vaccination of health workers will continue in other COVID-19 referral centers. 

Tuesday’s vaccination will be held at the Pasig City General Hospital, Among Rodriguez Medical Center, Pasay City General Hospital, Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, Sta. Ana Hospital, Philippine Air Force General Hospital, Manila Naval Hospital, Army General Hospital, and Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital.

On Wednesday, March 3, health workers in St. Luke’s Medical Centers in Global City and Quezon City will receive their jabs vs COVID-19. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier revealed that the St. Luke’s management requested for 5,000 vaccine doses from the government.

Vaccination of health frontliners will also be conducted at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City on Thursday, March 4, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Friday, March 5.