The city governments of Muntinlupa and Taguig have finished the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination of 600 health workers using Sinovac Life Science’s CoronaVac.
Each city received 300 doses of the vaccine on March 2 from the national government. Another 300 doses were given to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa.
In Muntinlupa, the 300 doses were administered to health workers at the city-run Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OsMun).
Dr. Edwin Dimatatac, OsMun medical director, was the first to be vaccinated in Muntinlupa on March 3. He said he did not experience any adverse side effects from the vaccine.
“Sa ngayon, ang pakiramdam, wala naman pong hindi pangkarinawan na pakiramdam. Maayos po, walang ibang nararamdaman. Masasabi ko po na ligtas ang bakunang ito (At the moment, I am not experiencing any extraordinary feeling. I feel good and I don’t feel anything. I can say that this vaccine is safe),” he said after getting his first shot of the vaccine.
He thanked the national and city governments for preparing for the vaccination rollout and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated.
“This vaccine will be a tremendous help. As they say, when you get vaccinated, the mortality will be decreased by 100 percent. This means no one will die from COVID-19. About 80 percent will not be hospitalized or what we call moderate COVID-19 cases,” he said.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi had earlier said, “Right now, this (CoronaVac) is the best vaccine. And every day that we don’t get vaccinated, we run the risk of being infected. So, I encourage everyone to at least consider being vaccinated because you’re always exposed to risks. And being vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but your family as well.”
The Taguig City government also started the rollout using 300 CoronaVac doses for health workers.
On the first day of vaccination, 62 employees of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU) and Taguig-Pateros District Hospital (TPDH) were given the first dose.
The following day, 151 employees of TPDH were vaccinated while 87 employees of the City Health Office, quarantine facilities, COVID-19 ambulance, and CEDSU received the CoronaVac.
Taguig is aiming to vaccinate all health workers this month and promises to provide vaccines to 630,000 residents.