CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, March 6 (PIA) - At least 1,045 doses of Sinovac vaccines have already arrived in Isabela province which are intended for Southern Isabela Medical Center (SIMC), a DOH-run hospital.
SIMC Assistant Center Chief Dr. Emmanuel Salamanca said that the vaccines arrived in Santiago City at around 10:00am of March 6, 2021 loaded in a DOH-2 vehicle and escorted by PNP personnel from Tuguegrao City, Cagayan to Santiago City Isabela.
Salamanca said he and Santiago City Mayor Joseph Tan, together with other health officials from the city, inspected and received the vaccines before these were put in the cold storage facilities of Santiago City Health Office and at the SIMC.
He said that prior to the arrival of the vaccines, the SIMC has conducted a vaccination simulation among its heath personnel where 93% of the total employees of the hospital have signified their willingness to get vaccinated in three or four days schedule of vaccination to start on March 8, 2021.
He said 1,079 health workers and other employees in the hospital have voluntarily signified their intention to be vaccinated based on the survey of DOH-2 personnel.
Salamanca has assured that all the medical staff including him will be vaccinated on March 8, 2021 which will be conducted publicly to be covered by media.
Meanwhile, Santiago City Mayor Joseph Tan was thankful that the Sinovac vaccines have arrived in the city saying these would help prevent the spread of the virus as majority of health workers at the Southern Isabela Medical Center will be vaccinated soon.
Tan is hopeful that with the future arrival of additional vaccines, both public and private hospital workers will also be vaccinated including the priority population that was listed under the IATF resolution.
He said the LGU Santiago City has already given the authority to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with vaccine suppliers and the fund for the said purchase of vaccines are already available. (BME/MGE - PIA-2/Isabela)