By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — Department of Health (DOH)-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has on Wednesday (31 March 2021) started the vaccination of its personnel under the Priority Group A1.5.
A total of 40 medical personnel from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, Health Emergency Management Service, Infectious Disease Unit and Transportation and Logistics Unit received their Sinovac jabs.
Employees have undergone counseling, health screening, and risk assessment before receiving the vaccine.
Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that contact tracers are constantly exposed to the Covid virus because of their work identifying and alerting people who came in contact with patients who are positive.
“Kailangan natin silang maprotektahan not only for their safety but for the sake of their families as well upang hindi nila maikalat ang virus sa kanilang pag-uwi sa kani-kanilang mga bahay.”
“And with the arrival of the additional vaccines, we are hoping that all health care workers will be inoculated. We need to vaccinate more people to achieve sufficient community immunity. Until then, anybody can still pass the virus to others, even if fully vaccinated.”
Under Advisory No.20 of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center issued on March 18, 2021, Priority Group A1.5 are those employees involved in the swabbing, contract tracing, and transporting of Covid patients.
These include employees of DOH Regional Offices, Provincial Health Offices, Provincial DOH Offices, regardless of the status of employment including, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers.
Department of Education health personnel, Barangay Health Workers in active service, and Social Workers providing direct services are also included in the group. (AI/MTVN)