On Thursday(Feb. 18), the BGHMC administration set up booths at the hospital garden to facilitate the registration of their health workers and hospital employees. BGHMC has about 2,500 with around 2,100 of them as frontline health workers.
Being the health facility in Cordillera region with the biggest workforce and as the referral center for critical COVID – 19 patients, we have to be ready so now we are having the registration of those who will be part of the vaccination deployment program, said Dr. Leamor Fangonilo, the BGHMC Public Health Unit head.
The vaccination deployment program includes database registration, counselling and screening and provision of QR codes that they will used for the actual vaccine rollout.
BGHMC has already conducted training for the vaccination program that includes lecture series on the purpose of the vaccination and on the importance of having the frontline health care workers as the priority recipients of the vaccines as they have the highest risk to be infected due to their multiple exposures to COVID – 19 patients.
Dr. Bernard Demot, an Adult Infectious Disease Specialist at BGHMC, affirms the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines particularly the Astra Zeneca and Pfizer have been approved by the country’s Food and Drug Administration.
“These vaccines are safe and effective as they already passed through clinical trials, and will play a vital role in the country’s fight against COVID – 19”, Demot said as he calls on health workers especially the front liners, to support the vaccination program.
“It is one of our safe and effective prevention measures against COVID – 19”, he added.
Dr. Thea Pamela Cajulao, also an Adult Infectious Disease Specialist of BGHMC, enjoined the public especially the high risk group such as the elderly and those with comorbidities to register for the vaccination program.
“Developing immunity will reduce the risk of infection and on developing complications due to COVID – 19”, she said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar