DAVAO CITY, March 5 (PIA) - "As of today, very normal, walang naramdaman. Normal ang blood pressure. Walang aray, it's hurray!" Dr. Ricardo B. Audan, officer-in-charge of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), shared his personal experience with the media after having undertaken a 30-minute post vaccination observation.
Audan was the first to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine as the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination program in Mindanao commenced on Friday (March 5) at the molecular laboratory area of SPMC in Davao City.
In a press briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, he said that he volunteered to get the first jab to convince, encourage and motivate other health care workers and show the importance of vaccination.
Although the Pfizer brand was expected to be the first to be administered, Audan bared a surprising high acceptance rating at 85.3 per cent of the Sinovac vaccines from among their health care workers.
"Meaning to say, regardless of sino ang mauna or anong vaccine ang dumating, they will accept it. Because the need is really to protect themselves," he stated.
The hospital's internal survey showed that out of the 1,700 SPMC frontline workers, 8% were uncertain and 6% were not willing to get inoculated, Audan said.
"I encourage you to really be vaccinated. It's the only way we'll be protected by the virus. Forget about your doubts, forget about your fears. Get vaccinated, and you'll be a responsible health care worker," he urged.
"Napakataas ng kumpyansa sa Sinovac dito sa SPMC, yan din po ay dahil napakataas ng kumpyansa ng mga taga Davao kay President Duterte, (The confidence in Sinovac is very high here in SPMC it is because of the high confidence of Dabawenyos in President Duterte)," Roque stated.
About 150 personnel of SPMC were expected to be vaccinated during the vaccination campaign launch.
Meanwhile, Department of Health Regional Director Dr. Annabelle Yumang bared that the acceptance rate of the Sinovac vaccines among personnel of the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City, was at 79%.
She said that the vaccination roll-out at DRMC will be on March 8, 2021, along with Davao City and Davao de Oro province.
She added that they're still getting the allocation data of other provinces.
She said that the delivery and distribution of the Sinovac vaccines to the provinces will be through the respective Provincial Health Offices where the vaccination houses are in place.
As of today, a total of 33,600 Sinovac vaccines have been allocated and delivered for Davao Region.
Yumang also said that they have been conducting series of training and simulation exercises for the health care workers in preparation for the roll-out of the vaccination program in the provinces, cities and municipalities.
"Once vaccines are available for the general population, our health care workers are ready," Yumang.
As of March 4, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque who also graced the vaccination campaign launch in at SPMC, said that a total 13,629 health care workers have been vaccinated of the Sinovac vaccines. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)