Healthcare workers in the country must be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as soon as possible amid the rising number of new cases.
“As the foot soldier in this war, we know that our foe continues to rise and threaten our lives. Our only chance is to protect our healthcare workers with vaccination and PPEs (personal protective equipment). We are running out of time. Let us be vaccinated,” said Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center Director Dr. Gloria Baltazar during a webinar hosted by the University of the Philippines on Friday, March 19.
Baltazar encouraged her fellow medical frontliners to receive the COVID-19 jab.
“To be vaccinated is one of the many measures we can take to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Protection from COVID-19 is so important especially for us in the hospital setting and for our colleague frontliners because we know COVID-19 can cause severe illness or death,” she said.
“The increase in cases of different variants is another threat in our hospitals’ capacity. As COVID cases and variants increase, a decreased occurrence or zero infection among our healthcare workers should be our goal,” she added.
Baltazar also emphasized to the public and healthcare workers to still continue adhering to the minimum public health standards after being inoculated.
“We trust and hope that after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we may be able to resume doing things that we stop doing because of the pandemic. But we are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19,” she said.
“We are repeatedly warned by experts that even if we are fully vaccinated, we should keep taking precautions in public places. We should still continue wearing masks and face shields,” she added.
A total of 292,677 individuals were already vaccinated against the COVID-19 as of March 19, according to Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr.