Press Release/March 4, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) - CalaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon) today began vaccinating its medical frontliners against the Covid-19 virus starting with the staff of Antipolo City Hospital System Annex II in Antipolo City.

The ceremonial Covid-19 vaccination was led by Secretary Vivencio B. Dizon, Deputy Chief Implementer and Testing Czar, DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana, Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Manuel B. Felix, Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and Mayor Andrea Bautista-Ynares.

Secretary Dizon, who is one of the guests of honor, assured that the government is doing its best to procure more vaccines as the number of people who want to be vaccinated has increased. “We will have adequate supply of vaccines as they are still arriving so there’s no need to worry because there’s more to come,” he stated during his message.

Aesc. Laxamana, on the other hand, emphasized that the vaccine is safe. “Our healthcare workers be protected against COVID-19 in order for them to continue providing the best care for our patients. And getting vaccinated is the only way for them to be protected.”

The first batch of 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines donated by China arrived on February 28, 2021, and the health department immediately began its mass vaccination of medical frontliners.

Sinovac has been granted emergency approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 22, 2021.

According to Janairo, a total of 7,190 Sinovac vaccine were allocated to medical frontliners of 13 hospitals located in various provinces of the region.

Among them are Rizal Provincial Hospital System – Antipolo Annex II with an allocation of 280 vaccines followed by Batangas Medical Center with 1,011, Batangas Provincial Hospital with 184 vaccines, Ospital ng Lipa with 229, General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital – 900, Ospital ng Imus – 294, Der La Salle University Medical Center – 1,529, Laguna Provincial Hospital and San Pablo District Hospital – 334, Laguna Medical Center – 415, Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital – 318, Quezon Medical Center – 1,461, Maria L. Eleazar General Hospital – 71 and Claro M. Recto Memorial District Hospital with 154 vaccines.

“I encourage our medical frontliners in the region to avail of the vaccine against Covid-19. We have to protect ourselves against the virus. This is not only for us but to our family as well.”

“Pag protektado tayo, protektado rin ang ating pamilya,” he emphasized.

The vaccination activity of the health department is known as “Resbakuna, Kasangga ng BIDA”.

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Department of Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana and DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo administers the ceremonial Sinovac jabs to medical frontliners of the Antipolo City Hospital System - Annex II during the start of the "Resbakuna, Kasangga ng BIDA” anti-Covid-19 vaccination roll-out for frontliners in the region held in Antipolo City on March 4, 2021