Ayala group vaccinates HCWs, buys its own vaccines

Published March 23, 2021, 3:35 PM

by James A. Loyola

QualiMed Health Network, a member of the Ayala group of companies, reported that it has vaccinated over 1,400 of its healthcare worker population.

The QualiMed Health Network, with hospitals in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Tanauan, Batangas, and Iloilo City, Iloilo, are among the first to receive the doses of AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines from the DOH-IATF, in collaboration with respective local government units.

“The QualiMed team is extremely grateful to the DOH and IATF for providing vaccine doses for our frontline healthcare workers,” the firm said.

It added that, “nearly 90 percent of our team have reported that they are willing to be vaccinated which is encouraging not only for us, but also for other Filipinos.”

Qualimed noted that, “As we continue to ramp up our vaccination program, we also hope to address vaccine hesitancy in the country and emphasize its crucial role in providing safer and more reliable healthcare to our patients.”

“The AC Health network renews its commitment to support the government in the fight against the pandemic. With the surge of COVID cases, we are gearing up our testing sites, facilities, and digital platforms to continue providing accessible healthcare to Filipinos,” said Paolo Borromeo, President and CEO of AC Health.

He added that, :Moving forward, we are preparing to contribute to the country’s vaccination efforts as we gear up for large-scale administration. We have identified and are setting up nearly 20 mega-sites nationwide with a goal to administer 1,000,000 doses by 2021.”

Recently, the Ayala Group, led by Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc (AC Health), has collaborated with ICTSI and Moderna to reach a supply deal for 13 million vaccine doses for the Philippines.

The group aims to launch its COVID vaccination program for employees and partners in June, pending the delivery of procured vaccines from manufacturers and the allocation of vaccines by the national government.

AC Health also continues to respond to the recent COVID surge by leveraging its network that has established testing sites, COVID-19 referral hospitals, and digital platforms over the past year.