City vaccinates 98 percent of health workers, moves to next priority

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Baguio City – March 31, 2021 – The city government has inoculated 98.19 percent or a total of 8,809 of the 9,053 health workers and frontliners who belong to the first priority group for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said that as of March 29, they have also posted 100.05 percent utilization rate on the city’s vaccine allocation of 8,885 vials.

Among those given their first vaccine doses were workers in public and private hospitals, isolation facilities, primary health care units and clinics, social workers, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs), contact tracers and allied health profession staff, students and faculty members undertaking clinical duties.

Last March 31, the CHSO started immunizing 18-59 year old persons with comorbidities as the available vaccine Sinovac cannot be given to senior citizens who are supposed to come next to the health workers in the line-up.

The identified conditions for the vaccines are Chronic Respiratory Disease, Cancer, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Obesity, Liver Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Neurologic, Neurologic Disorder, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Immunodeficiency Disease and Cerebrovascular Disease.

People belonging to said category may pre-register by clicking this link: https://cutt.ly/Ox4QjgW. Senior citizens will have their turn once the prescribed vaccine for their age group arrives as expected this April.

Those who have not enlisted may do so either by submitting a Google Form Response using the Google Form link for Senior Citizens: https://forms.gle/XKBKxXSmKNcEgo5K6 or by reporting to their District Health Center for interview.

The city received last March 25 its third batch of vaccine allocation from the national government consisting of 21,600 vials of Sinovac which were among those utilized in the vaccination program. It expects to receive another lot soon this time AstraZeneca for the senior citizens.

Aileen P. Refuerzo/ABN