COVID – 19 vaccination reaches 6,565 health workers in CAR

By Carlito C. Dar

BAGUIO CITY, March 15 (PIA) – –  Some  6,565 health workers   in the Cordillera Adminsitrative  Region(CAR) have  voluntary received their first dose of Coronavirus Disease (COVID – 19) vaccine  since the March 5 regional rollout of the vaccination and deployment program in the region.

 DOH – CAR Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, in a press conference here,  reported that of the 7,800 doses of the Sinovac Coronavac vaccine  deployed to the different province and cities in Cordillera,  5,925 eligible health workers  in 58 implementing health facilities and infirmaries in the region are already inoculated of  their first dose.

For the inoculated eligible population, 2,462 are in Baguio City; 453 in Abra;  557 in Apayao;, 855 in Benguet;  291 in Ifugao;  577 in Kalinga and 730 in Mountain Province.

For the AstraZeneca vaccine, DOH – CAR reported  that  since  its March 9 vaccination rollout, there are already 640 health workers ivaccinated – 620 in Baguio City and 20 in Benguet.

DOH – CAR already allocated and deployed 3,890 doses of AstraZenica to the different City/Provincial Health Offices in Cordillera and vaccination activities in health facilities are set within this week.

As the vaccination program continues, Pangilinan encouraged the health workers to submit themselves for vaccination to  maximize the initial Sinovac and Astrazenica vaccines given to the region which are good for the two – dose requirement of 12,800 health workers in hospitals and infirmaries.

For the excess vaccine allocations after the health workers in hospitals and infirmaries have been inoculated, next priority are health workers in COVID – 19 Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities , then those providing health services in primary health care facilities like community health centers and barangay health stations, Pangilinan said. 

For the general public, she  encouranged  them to submit themselves for vaccination registration and take whatever COVID – 19 Food and Drug Administration – approved vaccine available when their turn comes.

“It is free, safe and effective. Every little ounce of protection is better than having no protection at all”, she stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)