Mayor Oca Malapitan and Senator Francis Tolentino graced the vaccination rollout event to express support to the program and increase public confidence in the anti-COVID jabs.
To encourage other medical staff, CCMC Administrator Dr. Fernando Santos volunteered to be first vaccinated with the initial dose of China's Sinovac-made vaccine, along with Caloocan City Health Officer Dra. Evelyn Cuevas.
They immediately went under monitoring and have not reported any adverse effects, so far.
In an earlier statement said Dr. Santos said of the total 457 hospital staff, 149 agreed to be vaccinated with the CoronaVac vaccine.
However, he said they are expecting more healthcare workers to avail of the vaccine with additional doses expected to be provided by the Department of Health (DOH).
In their respective messages, both Mayor Oca and Senator Francis urged health workers to avail of the free shots, also ensuring that the vaccines are safe and effective.
"This is an effective solution for us to recover from this pandemic that has greatly affected our lives. Let's have a vaccine for our protection and our loved ones," said Mayor Oca.
Vice Mayor Maca Asistio, CCMC Director Dra. Madelyn Grace Ronan, and DOH-NCR representative Robelto Belchez also attended the ceremonial vaccination rollout.
CCMC is one of two hospitals funded and operated by Caloocan City Government. One is the Caloocan City North Medical Center, which is expected to also begin its vaccine rollout in the coming weeks. (PIA NCR)
By Nonette N. Castillo