MANILA – A total of 116 employees of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) already received their first doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of Monday.
Phivolcs staff were shuttled from their residences to the office and back.
“It is important for Phivolcs staff to be vaccinated to ensure continuity of full operation. The job at Phivolcs requires specialized skills and many tasks cannot be done from home. We have to go to the office and the field,” Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum, Jr. told the Philippine News Agency in an interview.
The vaccination was held at the Phivolcs auditorium in Quezon City.
The local government provided a team for registration, encoding, health check, and monitoring of the vaccination process, as well as a standby ambulance.
Phivolcs, on the other hand, provided the medical team for inoculation and post-jabs monitoring.
“We wholeheartedly thank the QC government for their service, and (for) partnering with us to ensure that our front-liners involved in disaster risk reduction are protected from Covid-19,” Solidum said.
The second dose is scheduled on July 12.
In a Facebook post, Phivolcs said the initiative was part of the city government’s “QC Protektodo” movement.
Phivolcs staff belong to the A4 vaccination group, or front-liners in essential sectors, government employees, and uniformed personnel, among others. (PNA)