Nearly 2,800 vaccinated against Covid-19 in first 2 days

VACCINE czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said a total of 2,793 people have been inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of Tuesday evening, March 2, 2021.

On Monday, March 1, the vaccination campaign was launched at the UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Center and Sanitarium, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Philippine National Police General Hospital and Victoriano Luna Medical Center, all in Metro Manila.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said 756 people, mostly medical frontliners and uniformed personnel, were vaccinated.

Leading the list of vaccinees were PGH Director Gerardo Legaspi, testing czar Vince Dizon, Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo and Galvez.

On Tuesday, March 2, symbolic vaccination was held at the Pasig City General Hospital, Pasay City General Hospital, Sta. Ana Hospital, Lakeshore Vaccination Hub, Marikina City Sports Complex and in various military hospitals.

On Wednesday, March 3, the vaccination campaign was launched at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, The Medical City, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City, and Valenzuela Medical Center.

Galvez said the list of registered vaccine recipients among healthcare workers include 202,182 in Luzon, 51,140 in the Visayas and 94,540 in Mindanao.

"Initially, nung unang araw, walang halos kumuha, mga 13 percent lang ang nag-request...Ngayon, halos araw-araw, may tumatawag na mga congressmen at mga mayors na talagang gusto nilang mabigyan din 'yung mga ospital po nila sa kanilang mga lugar," Galvez said in a television interview Wednesday.

In the Philippine National Police (PNP), over 300 medical frontliners have been vaccinated, according to PNP deputy chief for administration Guillermo Eleazar.

Eleazar said a total 125 police frontliners were inoculated on March 1 while another 180 received the shots on Tuesday, March 2.

Of the 305 vaccinees, three experienced mild adverse effects after immunization such as skin rashes at the injection site.

Eleazar said 80 police personnel were not eligible for vaccination on Tuesday due to medical reasons, but may return for another screening.

Some 800 vaccine doses for 400 people were allotted to the PNP’s medical frontliners, who take care of policemen with Covid-19.

As of Tuesday evening, the PNP has a total of 11,420 Covid cases with 31 deaths, 10,926 recoveries and 463 active cases. (SunStar Philippines)


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