Press Release/March 31, 2021
Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) today started the vaccination of its personnel under the Priority Group A1.5,
A total of 45 personnel from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, Health Emergency Management Service, Infectious Disease Unit and Transportation and Logistics Unit received their Sinovac jabs.
Employees have undergone counselling, health screening and risk assessment before receiving the vaccine.
Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that contact tracers are constantly exposed to the Covid virus because of their work identifying and alerting people who came in contact with patients who are positive.
“Kailangan natin silang maprotektahan not only for their safety but for the sake of their families as well upang hindi nila maikalat ang virus sa kanilang pag-uwi sa kani-kanilang mga bahay.”
“And with the arrival of the additional vaccines, we are hoping that all health care workers will be inoculated. We need to vaccinate more people to achieve sufficient community immunity. Until then, anybody can still pass the virus to others, even if fully vaccinated.”
Under Advisory No.20 of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center issued on March 18, 2021, Priority Group A1.5 are those employees involve in the swabbing, contract tracing and transporting of Covid patients.
These includes employees of DOH Regional Offices, Provincial Health Offices, Provincial DOH Offices, regardless of status of employment including, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers.