103-year-old grandma gets COVID-19 vaccine

Published July 9, 2021, 12:15 PM

by Zea Capistrano

Encarnacion Pagantian, 103 years old, receives her first dose of Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Caraga town, Davao Oriental. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Chris Anthony Limen/MANILA BULLETIN)

DAVAO CITY – A 103-year-old grandmother from Caraga town in Davao Oriental received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, July 7.

According to the provincial government Encarnacion Pagantian, a resident from Sitio Poblacion, Barangay Palma Gil got her first dose of Sinovac vaccine.

Pagantian was accompanied by her daughter. Caraga Municipal Health Officer Dr. Chris Anthony Limen said they admired the centenarian’s enthusiasm to be vaccinated. He said Pagantian is “a proof that people must not be afraid to get vaccinated.”

“The only way to end this pandemic is for us to achieve herd immunity,” he said.

As of July 6, the Department of Health (DOH) Davao Region has received 762,990 vaccines.

A total of 425,139 received their first dose, while 92,071 were fully vaccinated.

In Davao Oriental, the DOH said 39,960 have received their first dose, while 15,360 already received their second dose.