DAVAO CITY – One-hundred fifty healthcare workers from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) here have been vaccinated with the first dose of the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Sinovac of China.
The healthcare workers are the first in the priority group who received the anti-COVID vaccine among the almost 5,900 public healthcare workers that the SPMC targets to vaccinate.
SPMC officer-in-charge Dr. Ricardo Audan was the first to get vaccinated.
“’Yung mga ibag kasamahan sa healthcare workers dito sa SPMC (Our colleagues who are healthcare workers here in SPMC), I encourage you to be vaccinated because this is the only way we will be protected from the virus,” Audan said in a statement released by the city government Friday.
A total of 33,600 doses of Sinovac vaccines have arrived in Davao City, including the 12,000 vials which arrived March 2 and the 21,600 vials March 4.
Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, the head of Davao City Covid-19 Vaccine Cluster, said the vaccination for private tertiary hospital healthcare workers begins on Monday at the Mabini Elementary School.
“We target to vaccinate 2,400 health workers from the private hospital starting Monday and it will run for seven days,” said Villafuerte.