Vaccination of health workers in private hospitals kicks off

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HEALTHCARE workers in private hospitals were inoculated Tuesday, March 9, 2021, of the Sinovac vaccine donated by China after their counterparts in public health were vaccinated last week.

The Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas has allocated 3,500 doses to be shared by various private hospitals in Cebu.

Chong Hua Hospital (CHH) and Perpetual Succour Hospital started vaccinating their health workers on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Around 70 percent of the CHH staff, including doctors, nurses, maintenance, security, and other support staff, agreed to be vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine.

Dr. Faith Villanueva, an infectious disease specialist and the head of CHH's Head of Covid-19 vaccination task group, described the turnout as a positive response and a boost of confidence in the country's ongoing nationwide vaccination program.

CHH is among the level 3 hospitals in Cebu City that are given the priority to have their workers be vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine.

Healthcare workers in Perpetual Succour Hospital were also inoculated Tuesday.

Workers of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed), Visayas Community Medical Center, and Southwestern University Medical Center will be included in the next vaccinations.

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A total of 7,200 doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrived in Cebu City on March 2, 2021.

On March 5, a total of 17,480 doses were distributed to Cebu. This is the second batch of vaccines distributed to the city. (JOB/With RSR)