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Marikina, Taguig start vaccinating health workers vs. COVID-19

Marikina City on Tuesday started its vaccination drive against COVID-19 using Sinovac's vaccine, with 190 medical frontliners expected to benefit from it.

According to Maki Pulido's report, these healthcare workers are from public and private hospitals as well as from the city health office.

Initially, 1,500 medical frontliners have signed up for the vaccination. Upon learning that Sinovac vaccines will be used for the inoculation, only 50 wanted to continue.

However, many were later on convinced to get the vaccine, bringing the number of total recipients to 130.

Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said he wants to get vaccinated already to help convince his constituents that the vaccines are safe and effective.

However, he was instructed to follow the government's prioritization list where medical frontliners should be the ones to be vaccinated first.

The local government is expecting to finish the inoculation of healthcare workers by March 8.

Vaccine czar Carlito Gavez Jr. attended the symbolic vaccination event on Tuesday at the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center.


Meanwhile, in Taguig City, the inoculation of the first batch of recipients was held at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital (TPDH), the city government said in a Facebook post.

Among the first recipients were the hospital’s medical director Dr. Ana Richie Quilatan, Hospital Administrator Dr. Ma. Victoria Dinnah Cabinte, pulmonologist Dr. Fatima Alba, OPD’s Dr. Pascal Pattaui, ERMED’s Dr. Michaelangelo Hassan, and head of Taguig’s City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU) head Dr. Luis Sy Jr.

The second batch of the vaccination covered Taguig’s national immunization program coordinator Dr. Jennifer Lou De Guzman, Dr. Neil Noveros of the city’s molecular laboratory, infectious disease specialist of TPDH Dr. Shirley Padilla, TPDH surgery head Neil Timoteo, assistant chief nurse Imee San Gabriel, and  ICC nurse Rosselene Calma.

Meanwhile, the third batch included radiology chairman Dr. Maria Cecilia Aguillo, pedia specialist Dr. Fetalvero Deogenes Jr., OB-Gyne Dr. Liza Paraguya , and chief nurse Cynthia Carranza.

Other local government units in the National Capital Region that started its vaccination drive on Tuesday included the cities of Pasig and Manila.

The Philippines had its national vaccination rollout on Monday, a day after 600,000 doses of Sinovac's vaccine arrived from China. So far it is the only brand legally available in the country.  —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News