MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan – The city government here has completed the inoculation of health care workers in its three Level 2 hospitals as more medical front-liners became receptive of the vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Meycauayan City Health Office (CHO) data showed that of the total 839 medical professionals in the three Level 2 hospitals, 710 health care workers received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This surpassed the initial 640 front-liners listed for inoculation.
The AstraZeneca vaccines allocated by the Bulacan provincial government arrived in this city last March 16.
Vaccination started on March 17 at the Meycauayan Doctors Hospital (MDH), and the Marymount Hospital and Nazarenus Hospital in the following days.
MDH director Dr. Cesario Ira was the first health care worker in the city to be administered with a Covid-19 vaccine.
A little delay happened during his inoculation as his blood pressure slightly went up. The vaccine was administered to him as his blood pressure stabilized after 15 minutes.
Other health care workers also experienced fluctuation in their blood pressure before getting the vaccine as they admitted being nervous.
Some 20 of the inoculated health care workers experienced an adverse event following immunization and nine deferred the vaccination.
A medical staff at Marymount Hospital told the Philippine News Agency that one of their front-liners decided to defer the vaccination after feeling sick and another is a patient under investigation for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, 11 of the listed front-liners for vaccination refused to get their doses.
“It’s a relief that the vaccine finally arrived as this would help in protecting our front-liners in our fight against Covid-19,” Meycauayan City Mayor Linabelle Ruth Villarica told the PNA.
She noted that the city government has allocated PHP55 million for its vaccination program as well as a standby fund of PHP47 million.
City Health Officer Abelardo Bordador also said in a separate interview that they are optimistic of reaching their targeted minimum percentage of the population for the vaccination program in order to develop herd immunity in the city.
He said they hope that the inoculation of health care workers in the city would encourage and raise the people’s confidence on Covid-19 vaccines.
Health care workers in Level 1 hospitals and in the city’s rural health care units will be inoculated next, Bordador added.
A Level 1 hospital is the most basic health facility and caters to patients who need minor care and supervision.
A Level 2 hospital has more facilities such as an intensive care unit (ICU) for critically ill patients and specialist doctors for gynecology and pediatric services.
A Level 3 hospital offers a high-level specialty intervention like physical rehabilitation or dialysis treatment. (PNA)