Pangasinan gets first 2,078 COVID-19 vaccines


THE Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) in Dagupan City officially received the first batch of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, Friday.

This first batch was delivered by an ambulance from the region’s Department of Health -Center for Health Development in San Fernando City, La Union.

The shipment consisted of 2,078 donated Sinovac vaccine vials, 2,000 of which are reserved for R1MC personnel and the other 78 are for personnel of the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in San Carlos City.

The delivery was received by the R1MC Executive Committee headed by Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, hospital director and Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim.

Dr. Rheuel Bobis, COVID-19 focal person of DOH-CHD 1, said the vaccines were supposed to leave the regional office at 9:00 a.m. but it has delayed by one hour and 45 minutes  because of a minor logistical problem.

Mejia considered the arrival of the vaccines as “monumental milestone in the fight against COVID-19”.

Vaccination of R1MC personnel tasked to handle COVID cases began immediately after the arrival of the vaccines.

Mejia revealed that 90 percent of the targeted R1MC staff has a positive view of the Sinovac vaccine unlike their counterparts in Metro Manila.

After finishing their two shots, vaccination cards will be issued to R1MC personnel to serve as their “pass” when they go outside Pangasinan, and grant them easy passage through border control points.

He assured the vaccination passes have security features to make them forgery proof.

With the initial roll out of the vaccination program, Mejia expects the next batch of COVID-19 vaccines will be received next week at which time the rest of the medical personnel will receive their allocations of the vaccine, Mejia assured. (Ahikam Pasion)

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