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Press Release/March 9, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) – CaLaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) led by Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo vaccinated its first medical frontliners with a decade history of three comorbidities.

None other than the Medical Center Chief of the Batangas Medical Center (BatMC), Dr. Ramoncito C, Magnaye received the first dose of Sinovac vaccine during the ceremonial “Resbakuna, Kasangga ng BIDA” Covid-19 vaccination for health workers.

“Dr. Magnaye is the first individual with comorbidities to receive the vaccine. Although he has a choice not to accept the vaccine due to health reasons, he decided to do it to show that the vaccine, whether Sinovac pa yan or Astra Seneca, ay safe na gamitin,” Janairo stated.

He added that Magnaye has obtained his physician’s consent and authorization before he received the dose.

Dr. Magnaye is living with diabetis, hypertension and undergoing a regular dialysis. He is 58 years old.

“We will be monitoring and observing all the recipients of the vaccines for any possible adverse reactions or health concerns that may arise. Wala pa naman nailulat na nagkaroon ng sakit o anumang naramdaman sa katawan ng mga nabakunahan mula pa ng nagsimula ang pagbabakuna.”

Dr. Magnaye on his part said that he opted to be vaccinated despite his health reasons to show health workers that the vaccine is safe and there is no need to worry.

“Sa mga kapwa kong health workers, huwag napo tayong matakot, mag dalawang isip pa o maghintay pa ng ibang bakuna. Magpasalamat po tayo at tanggapin kong anung bakuna ang ibinigay sa atin dahil lahat naman po ito ay ligtas at epektibo para sa ating kaligtasan para malabanan ang Covid-19,” he encouraged in his message.

Around 300 healthcare workers were vaccinated yesterday during the roll out at BatMC. The hospital has been allocated with a total of 1,011 doses.

“For those who have received the vaccine, continue to practicing minimum health protocols. Hindi dahil nabakunahan na kayo ay pwede na kayong pumunta kung saan saan at magbahay-bahay. Let us still be vigilant as we have not yet eliminated and stop the spread of the virus,” he reminded.

Since the arrival of the vaccine last February 28, 2021, the DOH has immediately conducted vaccination activities among health workers to protect them against the Covid-19 virus.

The objective is to safeguard the welfare of others, substantially slow down the rate of transmission and minimize disruption of social, economic, and security functions; and responsibly resume social and economic day-to-day operations and activities.

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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo administers the Sinovac vaccine to Vatangas Medical Center Chief Ramoncito C. Magnaye who is the first individual living with comorbidities to receive the dose duriong the vaccination roll-out for medical frontliners in the province of Batangas held on March 8, 2021.

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Medical workers of the Batangas Medical Center receives their Sinovac vaccines during the "Resbakuna, Kasangga ng BIDA" Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in Batangas City on March 8, 202