LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – At least 90 to 95 percent of the healthcare workers in Pangasinan provincial government-run hospitals are confident to be inoculated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) confirmed.
“They are (healthcare workers) in fact willing and excited to have the vaccine,” PHO chief Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman said in an interview on Friday.
Based on the data, Pangasinan has 7,055 healthcare workers composed of front-liners from the private, public hospitals, and temporary isolation facilities, as well as from other public health services such as rural health units, among others.
De Guzman said PHO is using the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, which were allotted by the Department of Health for the province’s healthcare workers.
“Our chiefs of hospitals have decided that AstraZenera vaccine should be inoculated to the senior citizen healthcare workers because the directive with Sinovac is to be vaccinated only to 18 up to 59 years old,” she said.
De Guzman said there are some who are still hesitant to receive the vaccine and they respect the decision of those who refused to be inoculated, as the vaccination program against Covid-19 is voluntary.
She said before an individual would receive a vaccine, he has to undergo a screening process wherein he will be assessed if he has comorbidities or other pre-existing conditions and will be classified as low risk, medium risk, or high risk.
“After the screening, they will be given a tag according to their risk classification and they will be observed at a certain period of time after the vaccination, ranging from 15 minutes to one hour,” she said.
Meanwhile, de Guzman said Pangasinan targets to inoculate at least 1.09 million individuals to attain the herd immunity tantamount to the 70 percent of total population of the province.
She urged the public to continuously observe the minimum health standards to prevent acquiring the coronavirus. (PNA)