EASTERN Visayas administered on Friday, March 5, 2021, the first shots of its vaccination program against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), starting with the healthcare workers from the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City.
“We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated to prevent the transmission of Covid-19,” said Dr. Salvador Evardone, EVRMC chief of hospital who received the first shot of Sinovac vaccine.
Evardone also endorsed the China-made vaccine, saying it can bring 100 percent prevention for severe cases.
“It is difficult to work and give services to people if we are not protected,” added Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, as he thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for their efforts in the initial delivery of 7,200 doses of Sinovac vaccine for the region’s healthcare workers.
About 27,000 healthcare workers in the region’s six provinces are expected to receive the vaccine in the coming days.
Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino said hospitals in Tacloban remained the top priority for the vaccine “since they admitted most of our Covid-19 patients in the region since last year.”
“We encourage everyone to be immunized because whatever vaccines are allocated to us is safe and efficient,” said Sabalberino, adding that more vaccines will be delivered to the region.
As of Friday, March 5, the region’s total number of Covid-19 cases is 15,696, with total recoveries at 15,062 (95.96 percent), total deaths at 229 (1.46 percent), and total active cases at 405 (2.58 percent). (SunStar Philippines)