CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - "We would want all the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) staff from Dr. Jose Chan, the drivers to institutional workers to be protected from a possible infection [of COVID-19]."
Department of Health (DOH)- 10 Assistant Regional Director Ellenieta Herundina Maria Victoria N. Gamolo said this during the NMMC COVID-19 vaccination simulation exercise held recently.
Gamolo's statement was made after hearing the NMMC medical chief officer, Dr. Jose Chan, that among the 1,700 healthcare personnel of the hospital, only 1,000 had signified interest in availing themselves of the vaccination against COVID-19.
According to Gamolo, the said rate is alarming given the fact that the said hospital is considered as an apex hospital handling the COVID-19 cases of the region and the nearby regions.
She also emphasized that NMMC is one of the hospitals that has registered a number of health workers being infected with COVID-19, the reason why there is a need for everyone to be vaccinated.
"We just hope you could convince those who are having a second thoughts of being vaccinated. We know that the vaccine is new but we also know that if we do not subject ourselves to this vaccination, we run the risk of the hazard of being infected; good if you will just be getting the mild case but what if you go to severe or even critical or worst of that. We do not want to lose health workers because of getting infected with COVID-19," she said.
Gamolo also added that since Cagayan de Oro City is ranked no.1 in the list of the most affected area in the region, by March or April this year, the NMMC healthcare personnel will be given the first shot of the vaccine.
Gamolo said region 10 might get AztraZeneca vaccines because the region does not have the capacity to store the Pfizer vaccines.
She also reiterated that whatever brand of the vaccine that will arrive in our country, it will not be given to the public without the emergency use authority (EUA) coming from Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The region also registered a total of 10,000 healthcare workers who are expected to be vaccinated. (JAKArana/PIA10)