SAN FERNANDO CITY, Mar. 8 (PIA) -- The COVID-19 vaccination among health workers in La Union continues after its ceremonial launching on Saturday.
Dr. Eduardo Posadas, provincial health officer, said more medical practitioners of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) and the La Union Medical Center (LUMC) are availing the Sinovac vaccines which are part of the first batch of doses allocated for Region 1.
ITRMC and LUMC are two of the eight referral hospitals in Region 1 that were given a portion of the Sinovac vaccines.
As of Monday, 40 percent of 475 vaccinees at ITRMC and 28 percent of 350 individuals at LUMC have already received their first shot.
"So far, we have not received reports on moderate or severe reactions among the vaccinees in the province," Posadas said.
During the ceremonial launching of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, the chiefs of the two hospitals led their team in the immunization.
Dr. Glenn Ernest Fonbuena, chief executive officer of LUMC, encouraged all healthcare workers and residents of the province to avail of the free vaccine.
"Hinihikayat ko kayong lahat na magpabakuna para sa kaligtasan natin at ng bayan natin," Fonbuena said, citing benefits of the vaccine to a person and how it can outweigh potential side effects.
He added, "Nagpabakuna ako dahil naniniwala ako na ang bakunang ito ay magliligtas ng buhay."
Meanwhile, Dr. Eduardo Badua, medical center chief of the ITRMC, shared his experience after getting the shot.
"Parang ordinary vaccine lang kasi every year nagpapabakuna ako ng anti-flu, so parang ganoon lang po," Badua said.
Likewise, he urged all eligible vaccinees to include health workers and medical frontliners to have themselves vaccinated with the available vaccine.
"Sana atin pong samantalahin yung pagkakataon na tayo po ang unang mabigyan ng bakuna. Ito po ay magbibigay sa atin para madepensahan po ang ating sarili, maprotektahan ang ating pamilya at higit sa lahat po para matulungan ang ating bayan na masugpo itong pandemic at muling makabangon mula sa pandemya," he said.
On March 6, LUMC received from the Department of Health - Ilocos Center for Health Development (DOH CHD1) a total of 700 doses while ITRMC received 1,000 doses.
Both hospitals intend to administer the first dose of vaccines for their employees within five to seven days.
Meanwhile, the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines totaling to 25,600 vaccines are expected to arrive in the region on Monday afternoon. (JCR/VHS/JPD, PIA La Union)