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Prov’l Gov’t stages COVID vaccination activities at LDH

March 20, 2021

The Provincial Government of Pangasinan under the stewardship of Governor Amado I. Espino III started its immunization program against COVID-19 in its 14 government-run hospitals as part of the provincial government’s efforts to protect the public and reduce morbidity and mortality rates of COVID-19 in the province.

Provincial Health Officer Anna Ma. Teresa S. De Guzman who visited the vaccination site in Lingayen District Hospital (LDH) on March 19 noted that the said program conducted in the province particularly in the 14 government-run hospitals is a roll-out campaign to protect the medical frontline workers against COVID.

“Dahil ang mga frontline workers ang una pong sumasabak sa laban natin sa COVID-19, minarapat po ng WHO (World Health Organization), DOH (Department of Health) at ng provincial government na masuportahan at mailagay po sa maayos ang kalusugan ng ating healthworkers at mabigyan sila ng proteksyon laban po sa COVID-19,” said Dra. De Guzman.

Dra. De Guzman noted that the vaccine is an extra layer of protection against COVID-19, thus she urged the public to still maintain the minimum health standards such as wearing of face mask, face shield, and social distancing even when vaccinated.

“Ito pong benepisyo ng bakuna ay dagdag na layer ng proteksyon para sa ating mga health workers. Hindi po ibig sabihin na kung kayo po ay nabakunahan ay hindi na po natin oobserbahan iyong minimum health standard po natin,” added Dra. De Guzman.

Dra. De Guzman also stressed that the provincial government targets more than 1-million of the population from the Priority Eligible Group A, which includes: Frontline Health Workers both from public and private health facilities, indigent senior citizens; Remaining senior citizens; Remaining indigent population; and Uniformed personnel.

“Sa probinsya po natin ang dumarating po na bakuna ay Sinovac at AstraZeneca. Ang target po natin para sa Group A priority na mga listahan ay nasa 1 milyon 89 thousand na health workers both in hospitals and public sector. Kasama rin ang  mga indigent na kababayan sa probinsya, mga comorbidity, at men in uniform,” said Dra. De Guzman.

LDH OIC Cielo E. Almoite led the vaccination program in LDH with a total target of 194 employees using the Sinovac and AstraZeneca for senior citizens since the Sinovac age group only recommends 18-59 years old while the AstraZeneca recommends until 65 years of age.

“Ito po ay ating kailangan para po maprotektahan tayo sa COVID-19 at sa mga complications po kung kaya’t sana huwag po kayong matakot na magpabakuna dahil kailangan po natin ito nang sa gayon lahat po tayo dito sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo ay maprotektahan po laban sa COVID-19,” said Dra. Almoite.

The healthcare frontline workers urged the public to join hands with the health sector towards herd immunity.

“Sa mga kababayan po namin sa probinsya ng Pangasinan, kailangan po na magsama-sama tayo. Bigyan niyo po kami ng pagkakataon na mahikayat kayo na magpabakuna dahil itong bakuna ng COVID-19 ay epektibo at safe para po gamitin natin nang sa ganon ay maabot po natin ang herd immunity at matuldukan po itong pandemya ng COVID-19,” urged Dra. De Guzman.

Dra. Glice Aoanan, who was vaccinated in LDH, commended the efforts of the provincial government for the said vaccination program.

“Malaking pasasalamat sa ginawa ng provincial government in coordination sa mga PHO natin na may ganitong move para bigyan ng proteksyon ang mga healthcare workers. Iyong effort na iyon ay malaking tulong, ibig sabihin pinahahalagahan ng provincial government ang kanyang mga healthcare workers,” said Dra. Aoanan.

Meanwhile, the Urdaneta District Hospital (UDH) led by UDH OIC Arnulfo Olivar also conducted the vaccination program on March 19 with a target of 240 employees.

/Diane A. Tinambacan