85% of Catanduanes health workers get COVID-19 vaccines

Published March 16, 2021, 2:02 PM

by Niño Luces

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – The province of Catanduanes is showing its readiness to outsprint what is now turning out to be a fast-spreading COVID-19.

579 out of the 683 health workers were already given the initial dose of the vaccines that were delivered to the province on March 11.

Based on the province’s official provincial health office Facebook Page, one of their hospitals has achieved 100% inoculation among its medical staff while 93 percent of the Jose M. Alberto Memorial District Hospital (JMAMDH) in San Andres town have been inoculated.

Department of Health (DOH) Bicol spokesperson Noemi Bron told the Manila Bulletin that a total of 280 doses of Sinovac vaccine and 1,410 doses of AstraZeneca were already delivered to them via Aircraft Fixed Wing or Philippine Air Force (PAF) plane last weekend.

Bron noted that the roll out of the vaccination in the province also started on the day the vaccines were delivered.

“They are given seven days to complete the vaccination,” Bron said.

The Philippines, particularly the National Capital Region (NCR) which is considered a pandemic epicenter, is in a race against time as the dreaded virus continues to wreak havoc now that it has started to slowly mutate to different strains.