More than 2,000 healthcare workers were already vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said.
“As of yesterday, while they are still collating the reports, we got information that we are now at 2,428 vaccinees,” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a television interview on Wednesday, March 3.
“For March 1 and March 2, these two days of vaccination we were able to provide already 2,000 plus doses of Sinovac vaccines,” she added.
The Philippines received its first batch of coronavirus vaccines donated by the Chinese government last Sunday, Feb. 28.
Vergeire in a press briefing on Tuesday, March 2, said that they were “content and happy” during the first day of the country’s vaccination program.
The DOH initially distributed Sinovac vaccines in six hospitals in Metro Manila including the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Caloocan City, Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippine National Police General Hospital in Quezon City, and the Victoriano Luna Medical Center and the Lung Center of the Philippines – both located in Quezon City.