Press Release/March 7, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) - CalaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon) yesterday visited the Laguna Provincial Hospital - San Pablo City District to provide Sinovac vaccine to its medical frontliners as it fast tracks its immunization activity to protect health workers in the region against Covid-19.

The Laguna Provincial Hospital - San Pablo City District Hospital is the second health facility in the region to receive the Sinovac Vaccine.

Around 200 medical frontliners were given their first dose of the Sinovac’s Coronavac. The second dose will be given after two weeks.

A total of 334 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac was allocated to the San Pablo City District Hospital.

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that requests from health workers to get vaccinated has increased over the past few days since there has been no report yet of any adverse events following immunization from the Sinovac vaccine.

“Sa pagdating ng AstraZeneca vaccines magkakaroon na tayo ng option kung ano sa dalawa ang gusto nating gamitin although it is best to use the first vaccine na available sa atin kung gusto nating agad na mabigyan ng proteksyon ang ating sarili bilang mga health workers dahil tayo ang laging naka-expose sa virus.”

“Magpasalamat tayo dahil narito na ang mga vaccines at makakapagsimula na tayo muling makabangon mula sa pandemya. Let us be hopeful that the vaccines will do their job against the Covid-19 virus and no health complications may result from it,” he added.

The ceremonial vaccination was led by Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, Assitabt Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, DOH-Provincial Team Leader Dr. Gigi G. Janairo, Laguna Provincial Governor Ramil I. Hernandez, Vice Governor Katherine C. Agapay and Chief of Hospital Edgar M. Palacol.

A total of 7,190 Sinovac’s Coronavac were allocated to CALABARZON medical frontliners.

The Batangas Provincial Hospital is scheduled to get their Covid vaccine jabs this Monday, March 8, 2021. The hospital has an allocation of 194 doses.  

As of March 5, 2021, the DOH has already vaccinated a total of 13,639 health workers since the start of the roll-out on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Around 600,000 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac arrived last February 28, 2021 and was followed by 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility on Thursday, March 4, 2021.  The remaining 38,400 doses is expected to arrive today.

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Members of the vaccinating team of the Laguna Proncial Hospital - San Pablo District Hospital administers the Sinovac's Coronavac to frontliners during the Covid-19 vaccination activity held on March 6, 2021. Around 200 medical workers were given the dose against the virus. (Photo courtesy of PIA-CALABARZON)