ILOILO CITY – Being a nurse by profession, Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao administered the first COVID-19 vaccine in the province.
“We want to show the people of Antique this is safe and beneficial,” Cadiao said after the provincial government’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program.
She administered the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine to Czerwin Juales, chief nurse of the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) in the capital town of San Jose.
Eight hundred doses of the vaccine donated by China were initially turned over to Antique by the Western Visayas office of the Department of Health (DOH).
With the vaccine rollout that started this week, Cadiao is hopeful that many more residents will be more amenable to getting vaccinated. She admitted that there are those are skeptical and still do not want to avail themselves of the vaccines.
Aside from ASMGH, Cadiao said there is also vaccine allocation for health workers and other frontline workers in the province’s eight district hospitals. “There is also allocation for the private hospitals,” added Cadiao.
Antique is also awaiting for the British-made AstraZeneca vaccines.