Municipal Health Office Head Dr.Hydre Nga-ew claimed that of the eligible 348 health care workers, he estimated that only about 50 percent are convinced to be vaccinated.
Nga-ew who took the first shot of the Sinovac vaccine among the four health care workers said like any other regular vaccines administered, he only felt pain at the injection site for sometime. He said he had himself vaccinatedto protect his patients and family as he encouraged those who are yet undecided or convinced to have themselves inoculated, "We need to be united in getting vaccinated" to achieve herd immunity for protection against the corona virus, he added.
Municipal Health Office Public Health Associate Sunshine G. Molitas chose to be vaccinated also to protect herself, her family, loved ones and friends. “That is why when the vaccines will be available, we encourage you all to have yourselves be vaccinated,”she said.
MHO Nurse Adrian Calasan said aside from protecting his family and friends, he also saw the need of being vaccinated to keep the community protected. Sharing his experience of having not felt any severe effect, he encouraged the members of the community to have themselves vaccinated.
Lanie Pal-oten, a pharmacist of the MHO, expressed the importance for being vaccinated, “So that my family will be protected including my friends and the community.”
Getting vaccinated will also allay fears among patients going to the clinic . “At least they know that we are COVID-free and they will not be intimidated and can come for consultation.” She encouraged all the eligible population to be vaccinated, “So that our community will achieve its immunity level and we will develop a strong resistance.”
Based on the trials conducted globally, COVID 19 vaccination keeps one protected from the COVID-19 virus. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)
By Susan C. Aro