This was stressed by Baguio Medical Center Administrator Dionisio Claridad III, in an interview during the rollout of the COVID 19 vaccination program in their health facility on Saturday(Mar. 6).
Claridad shared that with the Coronavirus disease pandemic, it has been hard time for their hospital, and maybe in other health facilities or hospitals as well.
“Because of the pandemic, operations of the hospital have been hard; we are always on skeletal force, always disinfecting, always wearing PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment)”, Claridad said.
“When everybody is vaccinated, hopefully there will be lesser precautions as we will feel safer and it will increase confidence of people to go for check – up and of doctors and nurses also, in providing health care services”, he said.
BMC, a level 1 private hospital here, rolled out its vaccination program last Saturday after the hospital received initial 30 doses of Coronavac (Sinovac) vaccines from Department of Health – Cordillera Office.
This got an overwhelming support from the hospital personnel with Claridad and Hospital Director Jennifer Balantian – Tiong receiving the first jabs.
On volunteering for the Sinovac vaccine, BMC Staff Nurse Charlene Gumat – ang shared that she believes on what health experts said that the best protection against COVID – 19 right now is the first available vaccine among those given approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
“As a health worker, kailangan din natin na protektahan ang sarili natin, so go for the vaccine and protect ourselves,” Charlene urged fellow health workers.
DOH – CAR received 7,800 doses of Sinovac vaccines from the National Vaccination Operations Center in March 4. Following its rollout to health care personnel of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center on Friday, the DOH CAR immediately moved to deliver the vaccine allocation of each province/city to be distributed to public and private health facilities in their respective areas of responsibility.
Benguet, Mountain Province, and Kalinga have also started vaccinating their health care personnel over the weekend while Apayao, Abra and Ifugao will roll out this week.(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar