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Covid-19 vaccines for Sarangani health workers arrive

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 6, 2021) – Sarangani received its allocation of 376 vials of Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday (March 6) from the national government as part of the country’s inoculation drive against the coronavirus.

Personnel from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 12 traveled the Sinovac vaccines all the way from Cotabato City via an ambulance.

Dr. Butch Dulduco from the provincial DOH office of Sarangani said the team departed at 9am from Cotabato and arrived at 11am in the Sarangani Medical Center (SMC) in Alabel town to download the 162 vials for its personnel before transporting the 174 vials to Dr. Cornelio C. Martinez Hospital in Kiamba.

Maria Razel Bustria, Nurse IV of the provincial health office, explained the two hospitals were prioritized by the DOH as the referral hospitals in Sarangani for confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Dr. Dulduco said “ang una ho nating bakunahan ay ‘yung mga frontliners particularly health workers because of the nature of their job, very high risk.”

The vaccination in SMC will begin at 7am on Sunday (March 7), Bustria said. With the four vaccination teams composed of the municipal health officers, nurses, and midwives, she said the vaccination in SMC would likely be finished in just half a day.

She said Dr. Aileen Brion, SMC chief of hospital, is expected to be the first to be vaccinated and “maging champion sa Covid-19 vaccination.”

Bustria said all the vaccinees have been “pre-screened to know kung qualified ba sila based on the criteria for the assessment.”

She said after the screening they found out that “maraming doctors natin na willing talaga for the Covid-19 vaccination.”

However, she also said “hindi talaga maiwasan na may hesitant on the Covid-19 vaccination considering bago ito na bakuna at marami pa talagang challenges. That is why kami sa public health, continuous yung advocacy, continuous yung provision of accurate information. Yun po ang ginagawa natin sa PHO (Provincial Health Office).”

According to Dr. Dulduco, those who will be vaccinated in SMC and Dr. Cornelio C. Martinez Hospital will get their booster dose after 28 days interval as “Sinovac is designed for 2 doses.”

Dr. Dulduco said the Sinovac vaccines arrived on March 3 at the DOH regional office in Cotabato City where the Covax cold room facility is located.

“Itong mga bakuna are very sensitive, hindi lang naman Sinovac. Halos lahat ng bakuna sensitive yan sila particularly sa temperature. Itong bakuna (Sinovac) na ito is designed between 2 to 8 degrees ang temperature,” Dulduco said.

Upon arrival at the SMC, the team still waited for the storage to meet the required desired temperature from 4 degrees until 6.668 degrees Celsius when they transferred the vaccines to the storage. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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