Tinglayan, Kalinga – Seventy-two health workers, local government personnel and persons with comorbidities in this town had been vaccinated during the roll out of Sinovac vaccine in the locality.
Of the total, 37 were health personnel, 20 are persons with comorbidities or under the A3 priority list and 15 Local Government Unit personnel who are under the Quick Substitution List (QSL).
Sixteen individuals who are under the priority list, the municipal information office said were deferred due to hypertension.
Vaccination started on April 8 and was concluded Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
As recalled, health workers were hesitant at first to get the vaccine, but were persuaded when Mayor Sacrament Gumilab together with Vice Mayor Charlie Abay, Health Officer Dr. Aite Caren Liw-agan, Chairman on Health, SB Bartholeme Aboli, took the lead for the vaccination.
Said move of the mayor was promoted when only two from the municipality’s health workers signed and submitted their consent form to be vaccinated, despite being in the priority list for vaccination.
Lorenza Baccoy, one of the BHWs through the Municipal Information Office revealed that she was scared of the vaccination because of the spreading ideas about the negative effects of the vaccine from neighbours and from social media.
According to Baccoy, the Information Education Campaign regarding the vaccination conducted by Department of Health-Kalinga and seeing her colleagues to be in good condition after the jab convinced her to be get the vaccine as well.
As for Joy Bagninit, from the Department of Education, she disclosed that she does not want to get the Sinovac jab, but was persuaded considering the safety of her family.
"For the protection of my family, I'm willing to be vaccinated especially that I usually visit various areas because of work,” she said.
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