Frontline health workers at SPMC get Sinovac jabs

Published March 5, 2021, 1:51 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – Frontline health workers at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) were immunized against COVID-19 at the start of the vaccination campaign here Friday.

A DOCTOR of the Southern Philippines Medical Center receives a Sinovac vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccinaton program kicks off in Davao City Friday. (Keith Bacongco/ MANILA BULLETIN)

SPMC officer-in-charge medical chief Dr. Ricardo Audan was the first to be immunized among SPMC healthcare workers.

He said 70 percent of SPMC employees are willing to get vaccinated.

“’Yung total ng empleyado na gustong magpa-vaccine, we are 70 percent that is almost 4,000. Kasi 5,900 kami dito (The total number of employees who are willing to get vaccinated is at 70 percent that is almost 4,000. We have a total of 5,900 employees),” Audan said during a press conference at the launching of the vaccination campaign at the SPMC dubbed “Resbakuna Kasangga ng Bida.” The Department of Health-Davao Center for Health Development (DOH-DCHD) received an additional 21,600 Sinovac vaccines Thursday. Last Tuesday, 12,000 Sinovac vaccines were received by the DOH-DCHD.

Davao City now has 33,600 Sinovac vaccines.

“With the available vaccines, a total of 16,800 healthcare workers in the region will receive two doses of Sinovac, with a 28-day interval from the first dose,” the DOH added.

Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang, DOH-DCHD regional director, said Friday the vaccination in Davao City; Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City, Davao del Norte; as well as in Davao de Oro will start next week.

“So, mag-start na po tayo ng vaccination sa March 8 in the different areas in the region (The vaccination in Davao City, DRMC, as well as in Davao de Oro will start next week. So, we will start our vaccination in the different areas in Davao region),” Yumang said during the press conference.

Yumang said the vaccines will be transported from the regional office to different provincial health offices.

“Dito sa Region 11, so far ‘yung total na nakuha natin na healthcare workers hospital-level pa lang (Here in Region 11, so far what we have is the total number of healthcare workers in the hospital level). We have a total of 18,656 healthcare workers from Level 1 to Level 3 hospitals,” she added.

She said the listing of other healthcare workers, including those in the barangay health stations, rural health units, is still ongoing.

“You have to include our personnel who are in the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) and we also include the laboratory employees These are those who will be added to our list,” she said.