At least 9,077 Filipinos have been inoculated with China-made coronavirus vaccine in 32 vaccination sites in Metro Manila, three days after the country launched its immunization program against Covid-19, the Palace announced Thursday.
Of these, 2,361 health care workers came from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, 1,510 medical professionals were from military hospitals, while 1,184 individuals were from the UP-Philippine General Hospital, based on the list presented by presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque in his televised briefing.
The table presented by Roque also indicated that 558 hospital workers from PNP General Hospital also received vaccine shots manufactured by Sinovac Biotech Ltd., which arrived in the Philippines last Sunday.
Health care workers from Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Pasig City General Hospital, Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, Pasay City General Hospital, Sta. Ana Hospital, Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and San Lazaro Hospital were also vaccinated.
Medical professionals from Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, The Medical City, and St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City were also among those who received the jabs.
Also included in the state’s vaccination program were San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation Inc., Quezon City General Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Pasay City Health Office, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, National Children’s Hospital, and St. Luke’s Medical Center Global.
Earlier in the day, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said 189,600 doses of the total 600,000 vaccine shots from Sinovac were delivered to vaccination sites.
Of these, 12,000 doses were shipped to Davao City, and 7,200 shots were sent to Cebu City, he said.
“Vaccines will also be delivered to the rest of the country, as we already have data with regard to the master-listed population in the country’s 17 regions,” Nograles said.
All vaccine recipients were fine after receiving the Sinovac vaccine, except for some 20 individuals who experienced “minor and common” adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, rashes, muscle pain, and high blood pressure.
The Department of Health said these are common among vaccine takers and that no one was hospitalized.
Malacañang and the health department earlier said the vaccination drive launched Monday was “successful” and “quite satisfactory”.
The Presidential Communications Operations Office will also conduct an information campaign called “The VAXplainer” in time for the vaccine rollout.
So far, the Philippines has recorded 582,223 coronavirus infections, of which six percent or 35,056 are active cases.
Ninety percent of current Covid-19 patients are experiencing mild symptoms.
Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 12,389 after 20 more patients had died.