The chief of Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando City, Dr. Monserrat Chichioco, was the first one to be vaccinated.
“Being the first to be vaccinated, ang masasabi ko, hindi po siya masakit at ang purpose po ng bakuna ay para ma-prevent po pagkalat ng COVID-19 at severe infection, and of course, death,” said Chichioco.
About 400 health workers followed him. The 450 health frontliners in 3 hospitals in Pampanga, including Angeles City, are also targeted to be vaccinated.
It is said that the people of Pampanga received the vaccine well.
“Hindi po magiging successful ang province ngayong pandemic kundi po dahil sa kooperasyon namin sa inyo sa tulong na ibinigay niyo sa amin, maraming salamat po,” said Pampanga Gov. Dennis Pineda.
National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Sec Vivencio Dizon also extended his support to the said program.
“Nakakalungkot na hindi na ito inabutan ng iba nating healthcare workers na binawian ng buhay, pero tribute natin sa kanila ito. Dahil sa sakripisyo nila, nandito tayo ngayon, magbabakuna, kasama ang kanilang kapwa healthcare workers. At sa tingin ko, tuloy-tuloy na ito, tataas na ang kumpyansa ng ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna,” said Dizon.
Almost 400 health workers vaccinated in Pampanga
Former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo believes the country’s economy is recovering faster now that vaccines have begun to arrive.
“Sabi ng mga ekonomista, mabilis ang pagbangon ng Pilipinas pero ang kundisyon, ‘yung vaccine rollout. Kaya mag-vaccinate tayong lahat,” she said,
Jose B. Lingad received 846 vials of the Sinovac vaccine but the hospital will receive another 3,274 additional doses.
Vaccination began in Bataan at the Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center, where 400 health workers are targeted to be vaccinated.
Vaccination against COVID-19 for health workers in the provinces of Batangas, Bulacan, and Oriental Mindoro also started this Monday.