KALIBO, Aklan–Health workers of the Aklan provincial hospital who directly deal with patients are the top priority in the province to receive the vaccines from the Department of Health (DOH).
To recall, last March 5, DOH regional director Dr. Emilia Monicimpo received 16,880 doses of the CoronaVac vaccines–representing the first batch from the National Government–intended for 8,438 frontline health workers in Western Visayas.
Here in Aklan, the Provincial Health Office announced that the inoculations for medical frontliners will take place between March 10 and 12, 2021 at the Gov. Augusto B. Legaspi Sports and Cultural Center in Kalibo, Aklan, with the first of the priority groups to get the said vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech.
Some 900 doses of CoronaVac are expected to arrive in Aklan today, March 9.
CoronaVac is recommended for the 18-59-year-old bracket based on Resolution No. 5 of the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 vaccines.
Prior to the arrival of the vaccines, health care employees of the Dr.Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) filled out online health screening forms in which they answered specific questions on the status of their health.
On March 8, a simulation exercise for the vaccination rollout was conducted on volunteers to determine the readiness of the province’s two vaccination teams.
The step-by-step vaccination process includes registration, counseling, screening and assessment, vaccination, and post-vaccination management and monitoring.
“Ang mga doctors sa mga rural health units will observe sa actual vaccination process this week in preparation for the vaccine roll out in 17 towns of Aklan. Vaccination will be done for the rest of the year until we achieve herd immunity,” Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores said.
It was learned that some health care professionals have not committed to getting inoculated against the coronavirus out of fear, despite the assurance from experts that they are effective and safe.
Other eligible workers, on the other hand, did not hesitate to support the mass vaccination program in Aklan and have said they will take the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
After the vaccination of DRSTMH personnel, Miraflores said the health care workers of private hospitals, rural health units, and barangay health emergency response teams are next in line.
Almost 8,000 frontline workers in hospitals and health units in the province of Aklan are targeted to be vaccinated based on the vaccination master list.
Still, even with the availability of vaccines, Miraflores urged the public not to be complacent. He reminded residents to continue observing health protocols, including strict social distancing, the wearing of face masks, and washing of hands with soap and water. (Boy Ryan Zabal /iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)