A BIG majority of healthcare workers are ready and willing to take either the Sinovac or AstaZeneca vaccines allotted to them by the Department of Health.
Provincial Health Office (PHO) chief Dr. Anna De Guzman said in a radio interview that while still some medical service frontliners in the 14 provincial government run hospitals are still hesitant to take the jab, more than 95% had already indicated readiness to take the vaccines.
She said that as of March 22, there were already 1,758 health workers out of 2,937 in the 14 government-run hospitals, 1,462 health workers from private hospitals have been vaccinated. Two rural health units (RHUs): Lingayen RHU inoculated 203 frontline health workers and Bani RHU vaccinated 40.
De Guzman said before an individual can receive a vaccine, he or she has to undergo screening process to evaluate comorbidities if any or other pre-existing conditions before the person is classified as low risk, medium risk or high risk.
After screening, they will be given a tag based on their risk classification and they will be observed at a specific time after being vaccinated ranging from 15 minutes to one hour, she said.
Pangasinan has 7,055 healthcare workers in private, public hospitals and temporary isolation facilities as well as from other public health services such as Rural Health Units.
Meanwhile, De Guzman said the provincial government targets to inoculate at least 1,089,000 persons (70-percent total population) to attain the herd immunity in the province.
Meanwhile, 240 health care personnel at the Urdaneta District Hospital already received their vaccines last March 20-21.
UDH OIC-Chief Arnulfo Olivar also confirmed that about 240 personnel will get vaccinated in the two-day schedule.
“As a medical healthworker, importante ito para sa amin dahil ito ang aming contribution at ito ay aming shared responsibility to protect not only ourselves, but also, the community and our families,” Dr. Olivar said.
The district hospital in Urdaneta City, Dr. Olivar disclosed, also received AstraZeneca and Sinovac with 10 vials and 165 vials, respectively.
“One is to one ang Sinovac samantalang ang isang vial ng AstraZeneca ay pwedeng ibigay sa sampung tao,” said Dr. Olivar noting that recipients of the Sinovac vaccine will get their second dose after a month while AstraZeneca recipients will receive their next dosage after about three or four months.
The provincial government rolled out the vaccination program at the Pangasinan District Hospital and Umingan Community Hospital and Lingayen District Hospital. (Jerick Pasiliao/PIO-SMDG)
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